From December 18, 2021 to April 15, 2022, we have received $198.60 from fundraising on our GlobalGiving webpage for this project. We also have a new monthly donor. We plan to have a fund-drive in May for our next distribution, so watch our webpage for this project for the latest total.
In order to set up an office in El Geneina, we have updated our bylaws, chosen a translator, and secured at no cost a property in the city. Once the necessary documents are translated into Arabic, we will submit them to the West Darfur government.
Our staff there continue to receive calls from internally displaced persons in the greater El Geneina area, and make note of their requests and place them on the list for our next distribution. Our next distribution, if all goes well, will be sometime in May or June. The most common requests so far have been for food, blankets and clothes, and we plan to give out whichever of these your donations will buy the most of. As always, purchases will be from local businesses, to save on transportation costs and to support the local economy. We have also received requests for schoolbooks and pencils.
According to the Displacement Tracking Matrix of the International Organization for Migration, as of April 4, 2022 there were 95,872 Internally Displaced Persons in El Geneina and surrounding villages, with all of these staying in schools or other public buildings (1). This total includes people displaced in the central West Darfur area from January 16, 2021 to April 4, 2022 (ibid). Millions currently need humanitarian aid in Sudan, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ SUDAN: Humanitarian Key Messages (April 2022):
“Conflict, the economic crisis, food insecurity, flooding, and disease outbreaks continue to be the main drivers of humanitarian needs in Sudan. 14.3 million people need humanitarian assistance, according to the 2022 Sudan Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO). This includes 9.3 million vulnerable residents, 2.9 million IDPs, 1.16 million refugees, and 940,000 returnees. The majority of people in need are women and girls - 8.2 million or 57 per cent, while more than half of people in need are children (7.8 million or 55 per cent). Humanitarian partners plan to reach 9.1 million people with lifesaving and 10.7 million people with life-sustaining support in 68 localities. With 18 million people likely to face acute hunger by September, the originally estimated number of 14.3 million people in need is likely to also increase (2).”