Aug 20, 2018

Cash for work in Niger

1,116 people take part in th Cash for work program
1,116 people take part in th Cash for work program

Life in county Tilia, near the Malian border in Southwestern Niger, is not easy. Due to ongoing droughts, the land is suffering from desertification which has a negative impact on farmers: Farm animals cannot feed and crops will not grow on the dry land. Furthermore, nearly 20.000 Malian refugees live in Tilia who are also dependent on food they grow on their allocated soil.

Hadizatou ‘’Andy’’ Aly lives in the village of Garin Ali, a 100 km from the city of Tahoua. Once, she owned over two dozen sheep. “It’s too complicated. A couple years ago, one could hold one to two month by selling a sheep” she explains. “Nowadays the revenue covers only a few days of our costs of living”. As a widow and a mother, life hasn’t been easy on her. Out of the eight children she had, only three are still alive. She looks in her late 40s despite being 35. With no means to support herself and her family, she used to rely on other people’s handouts.

With the help of Aktion Deutschland Hilft, our member ASB is providing income to families like Andy’s so they can buy food ahead of what is commonly known as the ‘lean season,’ the gap between the time people run out of food stocks (during the drought) and the next rainy season. People receive cash in exchange for part-time work. In Garin Ali, ASB has installed a land recuperation program: During a month, 1,116 persons dug 108,075 water retention basins called "half-moons". During the rainy season 40,000 endemic plants and 2.5 tonnes of forage seeds capable of withstanding long periods of drought are sowed in these retentions basins. Each worker can work for 3 months and earns around 80 Euros per month.

According to the technical coordinator of ASB Niger, Hamissou Kassoussou, this project is making multiple impacts. At first, it injects money into a community severely affected by unemployment, climatic shocks, exodus and conflicts on its border. The money the people earn boosts the trade on local markets. Secondly, the retention basins prevent ongoing desertification and secure food for the herds. This then helps families that are affected by drought to survive the lean season.

‘’Today, after these first rains, I am fully aware of the impact of our work on the soil of our community. We now have to protect the shrubs that we planted so that they can grow. We are having a good rainy season, and I’m glad we’ll have pasture for our herds this year. I am grateful for the cash for work program; otherwise I would have depended on other people’s handouts.”

With your donation you help our organizations to install cash for work programs in several parts of the world which will help them to earn their living and survive the drought. Thank you for making this possible.

Plants grow in the water retention basins
Plants grow in the water retention basins
Andy can provide food for her family and livestock
Andy can provide food for her family and livestock
May 25, 2018

Intervention in DR Congo

analysis of the communities needs
analysis of the communities needs

Bad news currently reach us from the Democratic Republic of Congo: over 770.000 children are famished. Over 400.000 of the children are suffering from severe malnutrition and urgently desire our fast and uncomplicated intervention. In total 3.8 Mio. individuals need humanitarian aid right now. The situation is caused by ongoing inner conflict and crippeling drought which prevent farmers from planting and harvesting.Aktion Deutschland Hilft and its member organisations are in Kongo to support the people facing the famine.

Our member organisation Malteser Hilfsdienst has recently opened a new health project that aims at refugees and internally displaced men, women and children. It is set in the northern part of Territore de Bondo in the region of Bas Uélé. Malnutrition is one of the main causes why the inhabitants of that area seek help in the health centers.

Malteser Hilfsdienst supports them by

  • • Equipping the health centers with therapeutic emergency food for the treatment of severe malnutrition
  • • training of health workers in the correct approach to treat people with malnutrition
  • • Distributing of hygiene kits and kits for water treatment to households with undernourished children.

With these measures our member organisation Malteser Hilfsdienst ensures that children and adults with severe and light malnutrition can quickly access treatment.

With your donation you directly contribute to saving people from threatening starvation - in Congo and in other parts of the world. Therefore, we sincerely thank you for your kind support.

Children suffer quickly from hunger and thirst
Children suffer quickly from hunger and thirst
May 18, 2018

A new home in Uganda

In these area the arrivals can build their houses
In these area the arrivals can build their houses

Currently, over a million Southern Sudanese refugees are living in the neighbouring state of Uganda. They flee from latest flare-ups of violence and from drought, which have led to a severe and ongoing famine since last year. But Uganda itself is not a rich state. Many people in Uganda are poor and need support themselves. Caring for one million refugees is a task that is not easily fulfilled. Aktion Deutschland Hilft and our member organizations are in Uganda to support the refugees and inhabitants.

One of the projects of our coalition is located in Omugo settlement at the border between Uganda and Southern Sudan. Here, the exemplary cooperation of NGOs and the local government has led to a perfect integration system: Every arriving family gets 30 square meters of ground to build a house and plant vegetables and crops. The village inhabitants welcome their new neighbours. For them, it is a natural course to help and support each other. Aktion Deutschland Hilft is in place to support the village with food and drinking water and with other non-food items, such as building equipment. In addition, Aktion Deutschland Hilft builds schools and health centers for both old and new neighbours.

Our member organization Handicap International is in Omugo to equip the new arrivals with basic things of need: food and water, clothes or cooking material. Furthermore, they offer psychological support for traumatised refugees. As an organization which focusses on helping people with special needs, they make sure that all services are accessible for people with mental or physical disability.

We are very grateful for your support of the project „Help for refugees“, as it makes this and other aid measure possible. With your donation you directly help refugees in Omugo and in other places of the world. Thank you very much.

All pictures (c) Aktion Deutschland Hilft/Kai Kappes

They refugees get food and water
They refugees get food and water
Collecting every day items
Collecting every day items
 
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