Apr 26, 2021

Urgent aid for El Geneina area West Darfur, Sudan

Shoes and clothes for 204 women in El Geneina
Shoes and clothes for 204 women in El Geneina
From January 16 to 19, 2021, and also early April, 2021, the greater El Geneina area of West Darfur Sudan saw more violence.  On April 21, 2021, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported "According to [International Organization for Migration] data, in less than four months of 2021 close to 237,00[0] people were displaced by conflict in Darfur, more than four times the 53,000 people who were conflict-displaced in all of 2020...." (1)
One of our US staff had been in El Geneina for a few months to find out what persons displaced by earlier waves of violence there needed, and so was ready when the events of January 16-19, and early April 2021 hit.  This staff member met with local displaced committees to find out what they needed most while we in the US raised $1055.28 from you, our GlobalGiving donors (minus GG's fees) which we used with other donations made in person and through our old website.
On February 8, there was a fire at the displaced gathering site outside the Ministry of Education in El Geneina (2), and that same day our staff member and at team of Doroti Organization staff gave 120 families there blankets and mats.

This Doroti Organization team then met with shelter committees and displaced community members in ten gathering sites.  Here the community leaders said that clothing and shoes were the top needed items, and that women over sixty were the ones who needed them most.  So we distributed clothing and shoes to 204 women in ten gathering sites on March 1 in the presence of the heads of these sites and base committees.

Beginning April 3, another wave of violence rampaged in El Geneina, Abu Zar and the two Kerending internally displaced person camps. Several days later, consulting with a supervisor and two people treating injured at a hospital in El Geneina, the Doroti Organization team counted a list of patients who had been displaced from Abu Zar and the Kerending camps.  On April 11, they distributed cash assistance to 119 of those patients at that hospital.
So if you include our June 2020 distribution to help people in Kerending and El Geneina displaced by the violence of December 2019, your donations have helped us provide support to 120 families and 1073 individuals in the last eleven months!  Put another way, your support for us helped our staff member assemble a team of Doroti Organization personnel in the area of concern itself!  So we are now better established to respond to the ongoing humanitarian emergency there.  From all of us working in the Doroti Organization in Sudan and the US, thank you!
References:
Giving clothes and shoes to disaplaced on March 1
Giving clothes and shoes to disaplaced on March 1
Doroti Org at the Ministry of Education, Februry 8
Doroti Org at the Ministry of Education, Februry 8
Burnt by the February 8 fire at the Ministry of Ed
Burnt by the February 8 fire at the Ministry of Ed

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Dec 30, 2020

Our Treasurer in Darfur until late February '21

The displaced of Kerending internally displaced person camp outside of El Geneina and also the displaced from the city of Misterei, West Darfur State, Sudan are still in need of aid, so our project to help people from both groups continues. Mohamed Abdulrahman, our Treasurer, is on-site.  His attempt to consult with the displaced from the city of Misterei earelier this month had to be postponed due to security concerns. So his new schedule for January is to consult first with the displaced of the Kerending camps, then with those from the city of Misterei. 

After learning what these communities most want from us, the Board will conduct a fundraiser amongst our members via our GlobalGiving page and other online platforms.  Then, as we did last June, we will buy the goods requested in El Geneina (or within Darfur or at least Sudan if at all possible).  All donations given to us through our GlobalGiving page will be used for this effort.

Mr. Abdulrahman will remain in the area of concern until late February, 2021.

 

Fundraising update:

From May 1 through November 30, 2020 we raised $1477 on our GlobalGiving page for this project, for which GlobalGiving gave us $1392.45 after subtracting their fee.  We also raised $287.49 via donations made to our original website.  So we now have $1679.94 in hand for this project!

And for December 1 through December 28, 2020, we have raised another $155 on our GlobalGiving page for this project (it will be disbursed to us minus GG's fee in late January). 

As some of you know, all of our Board and membership are of the Darfuri diaspora in the United States, with many from the El Geneina area of Sudan.  So our organization has a personal connection to the area of concern and is best able to establish relationships with the displaced communities in and around that city.

But the situation in Darfur is still very dangerous. Over 50,000 people were newly displaced in Darfur between September 1 to November 23, 2020, according to UNAMID, the African Union - United Nations hybrid peacekeeping force due to leave the region next year (1).

The Doroti Organization for Humanitarian Services, Incorporated is a 501 (c) (3) Public Charity based in the United States.  Our Federal Tax ID is 90-0644826.  Please consult with your tax advisor to learn if your donations to us are tax deductible.

 

1) "UNAMID reports human rights violations in Darfur," Radio Dabanga, December 9, 2020:  https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/unamid-reports-human-rights-violations-in-darfur

Sep 3, 2020

Over 750 displaced helped by DOHS

Kerending Camp displaced receive blankets, tarps
Kerending Camp displaced receive blankets, tarps

In response to the massive displacement of civilians from Kerending IDP camps and surrounding villages and parts of El Geneina in West Darfur State, Sudan in late December, 2019, the Doroti Organization set up a fundraiser on GlobalGiving (Project 44449) a few days later.  For the months of fundraising from January through May, 2020, GlobalGiving disbursed a total of $640.73 to us to provide blankets and tarpualins for as many of these displaced as we could.

With three of our members over in El Geneina, including our President, Khamis Youssef, consulting closely with Sheikhs and Resistance Committee members in the area of concern, in mid-May we were able to get a plan approved by them for the distribution of mattresses and tarpaulins to 151 families and an additional thirty individuals in Kerending Internally Dislplaced Persons Camp (over 750 people).  The $640.73 we raised on GlobalGiving was added to an additional $2,200 raised outsite that platform to fund this work.

Please see the attached pictures of our members giving out aid your donations helped us buy at local markets in El Geneina!  And pictures of displaced persons from Misterei also in bad need of aid!

On July 25, 2020, the city of Misterei, West Darfur State, Sudan was attacked, displacing many thousands of people. So we enlarged our project to include those persons shortly afterward, changing its title to "Urgently Needed Aid for Misterei City, West Darfur."

For fundraising for the months of June and July, GlobalGiving has distributed $149.90 to us.  In August we raised $195, which GlobalGiving will disburse to us late the following month minus their fee, as we have agreed.  GlobalGiving has told us what we need to do in order for money raised to be given to us in a few days instead of waiting several weeks. We are considering how best to explain these instructons to our donors.

This distribution of goods is the most significant project we have done so far. We are deeply grateful for the contributions of all of our donors, and to our members who flew over to El Geneina, West Darfur State, Sudan and remained there for months to make sure everything went according to plan, keeping in close touch with our Board here in the US and also with local leaders among the displaced themselves.  So to them and all of you, thank you!

DOHS members preparing to distribue aid
DOHS members preparing to distribue aid
Some of the items your money bought
Some of the items your money bought
A Kerending Camp resident helped by your money
A Kerending Camp resident helped by your money
Kerending Camp residents receive tarps, blankets
Kerending Camp residents receive tarps, blankets
Two of our members prepare to distribute items
Two of our members prepare to distribute items
Two days after attack on Misterei city
Two days after attack on Misterei city
Burned remains of a house in Misterei, West Darfur
Burned remains of a house in Misterei, West Darfur
Misterei displaced, two days after attack
Misterei displaced, two days after attack
 
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