Dear supporters of Darfur Women Network,Inc.,
On behalf of Darfur Women Network, I would like to share with my expeience, my observation, and news from Inside Darfur Refugees camp, Touloum during my visit in June 2014.
The Darfur refugees in Touloum camp in Chad were native farmers in their home of Sudan before they crossed the border into Chad due to increase of violence and instability in Darfur in 2003. The refugees depend on World Food Program (WFP) on their food. Redio Dabang reported in 2013 about sever reduction of food rations and delayed the distribution by the WFP program in 2013.
Therefore, the refugees contacted Darfur Women Network, Inc. ( DWN) immediately and asked for help . The DWN investigated the needs and designed the Food Security and Agriculture to help transfer the refugees from dependening on WFP to self-sufficiency.
Fortunately, our project, Safe Stoves for Darfur Refugee Mother, “received fund, so, I visited Touloum refugees camp in June and returned in August 2014. We are able to start our project, distributed over 200 safe stoves, and met with refugees to discuss their needs and the solutions based on their own prospective. I had discussion with local leaders, service providers, women, girls, an youth in the camp.
As eyewitness, the children are hungry, girls, mother, and all refugees are hungry and myself I experienced huger while I was in the refugees camp. I was there, no access to food, jobs, or any sources of income. The education administration and teachers told me that students fell every day during school assembly and tests because they are hungry. Huge number of children with malnutrition that affects their intelligence and their immune system. Youth, women, elderly, men stated that the shortage of food has affected their health –physically and psychologically because they feel that they are unable to provide their family with food due to unexcited of job or any income sources, but they still have hope. I felt powerless as refugees there because DWN have no fund for our Food Security and Agriculture to provide little. Despite the situation in the refugees’ camp, the refugees said that they could not return to Darfur, Sudan, because of ongoing genocide because of arrival of new refugees from Darfur due to violence directed against the African tribal groups there.
The DWN appeals to you and calls on those who believe in protection of women, girls, elderly, children, and voluntarily refugees from hunger to help the survivors of genocide in their camps. It is not late; the irrigation farming is on the way. Establishing small-scale farming and home gardening projects to produce their own food will save lives.
Dear our donors and our friends,
On behalf of Darfur Women Network (DWN), I would like to express my gratitude for your generous donation and your commitment. I am grateful for your support that enable DWN’s project leader to visit the survivors of Darfur genocide in the refugee camp, Touloum, in Chad, this year (July-August 2nd, 2014). Your commitment and donation help DWN’s project leader, Mastora Bakhiet, and local staff to achieve their trip goals, which are needs assessment, investigating and determining efficient stoves that reduces the rape and violence against women and girls during firewood collection.
Furthermore, I am enthusiastic to share with you that with your donation, 202 refugee families received Safe Stove on August 25th,2014, two weeks ago , and , now , the project is continue to cover entire 7000 families in the camp , with your support the refugees’ dream will be real, together will protect them.
likewise, we started income generating project which is Soap Production Project, four group of 20 women is in place, now, and we are in need to six more group of 30 women to ensure hygiene’s material is available in the camp, your support is necessary to achieve this goal. our report from inside the camp is here:http://darfurwomennetwork.webs.com/September_Report-1.pdf
Finally, thank you again for your contribution. I would like you to know that the DWN relies on the generosity of donors such as yourself and is grateful for your support. Your feedback is necessary for improving our performance. You would kindly find our flyer here: http://darfurwomennetwork.webs.com/September_Flyer.pdf please share our information with your contact.
Thank you again for your support.
7000 Safe Stoves for Darfur Refugee Mothers’ Project
Our project, 7000 Safe Stoves for Darfur Refugee Mothers’ Project, aims to provide Darfur refugee families in Touloum Camp in Chad with safe stoves and cooking techniques as well as solar cookers in summer time to help the refugees in many ways such as: protecting women and girls from rape due to use of little amount of firewood with our safe stove; using solar cooker in summer with 99% protection from rape, reducing the smoke during the process of cooking, and increase the chance of safety inside the shelters.
Update: in June our staff will travel to the refugee camp to build the foundation of our projects in the camps with concentration on Safe Stoves Project that we will test its specification with relation to some important factors such as to be practical, culturally accepted, efficient, and convinced for the refugee women to adopt it without hesitation. The stove is needed now more than ever due to increasing of violence against women and girls who collect firewood from the forest and due to escalating of genocide activities in Darfur.
The staff and the refugees will start with small participatory group to create, test, and discuss the final result and recommendation to put the foundation of the project in place. This means that the work will be done with first group/team leaders are training to learn how to create stoves, using cooking techniques to make food in less time and use less wood.
You will be updated from the field by any available communication via our office in USA.
Feel free to check our Gifts for Good on our partner, Global Giving’s website to support your project(Safe stoves): athttp://goto.gg/14531, athttp://goto.gg/15358,and http://goto.gg/16829.
Please check our updated website www.darfurwomennetwork.org.
The Darfur Women Network, Inc. excited to invite you to support our one day campaign. It will start on June 24th, at 12:01 ET to June 25th. Microsoft will be matching donations 100%, and there will be $200,000 in matching funds available!
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