Education  Chad Project #36572

Darfuris need 150 capacity schools in Djabal, Chad

by The Doroti Organization for Humanitarian Services, Incorporated
Darfuris need 150 capacity schools in Djabal, Chad
Darfuris need 150 capacity schools in Djabal, Chad
Darfuris need 150 capacity schools in Djabal, Chad
Darfuris need 150 capacity schools in Djabal, Chad

Regrettably we have raised no money for our GlobalGiving project "Darfuris need 150 capacity schools in Djabal, Chad" from February 20 through May 20, 2019. The total amount raised for this project remains $175 US from seven donations made from November 19 to December 19, 2018. Upheaval in Sudan has occupied the Board, our members and the diaspora community we serve since the protests there begain in December 2018, and even more so since the arrest of President Bashir on April 11, 2019.  Depsite all this, the Board still wants to pursue the Djabal schools project, and will update donors and the rest of the public via our Facebook page as things progress.

It should be emphasized that regardless who is in power in Khartoum, it will take a very long time to bring order to Darfur; it will be a long while before refugees in Chad will feel safe enough to return. Until then, the Doroti Organization will endeavor to help them as best we can.  

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Goal and Publication
On November 19, 2018, GlobalGiving published our fundraising page for our project Darfuris need 150 capacity schools in Djabal, Chad (GG project #36572).  We also publicized this publication on our Facebook page, which had over 1100 followers.
Goal of the project was to pay for and monitor the building of these buildings:  one of three classrooms, another with three classrooms and an office, and two latrines with two toilets apiece.  Each classroom was meant to be large enough to accommodate twenty-five students and a teacher, with electricity and wireless internet capacity.
Fundraising goal for this project was set at $67,000.  We arrived at this estimate after several months of discussion with UNHCR Chad and building contractors.  Initial cost of project was estimated to be about $145,000, but we eventually found a contractor, --UK-based OMI-- willing to do it for about $63,000.  OMI and DOHS have agreed to the following:  that building of the school buildings will begin once 30% of the $63,000 is raised, with another 40% due when construction is half-complete, and a final 30% when it is finished.  They agreed to let on-site monitors we would hire from the Djabal camp residents to keep close track of their progress (these monitors would then send back reports to us for our donors).
In the additional $4,000 we are asking are school supplies (pencils, pens, notebooks), chalkboards, and two 550 gallon water tanks.
A budget for all of this is posted on the GG website for this project.
Funding Update  

As of February 18, 2019 five donors have given us $175, and GlobalGiving distributed $159.25 of that to us, keeping $15.65 of that as payment for services to us.  We have received no donations for this project except from our GlobalGiving page, per GlobalGiving requirements.

The Board is concerned about the drastic decrease in donations since our successful GG project Winter clothes, guides to US for Darfur refugees (GG project # 30570) in December 2017.  They are currently reviewing publicity options such as: 
videos and pictures of Djabal students willing to be so publicized, 
a video donation appeal to our FB followers from of our Vice President Mohammed Adam Abadallah, who lived in Farchana camp (near Djabal camp) from 2004 to 2007,
application for grants from companies which GlobalGiving helps provide such assistance,
an in-person director conference dedicated to coming up with more solutions to this issue.

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DOHS raised $5130.00 (from 134 donations) for this project from November 28 to December 31, 2017
via GlobalGiving. GlobalGiving awarded us an additional $155, bringing the gross total to $5,285.
On January 26, 2018, DOHS received $4,515.00 of that money, with GlobalGiving taking the remaining
$770, as part of our agreement with them (15% of the first $5,000 gross funds raised, plus 8% of gross
funds raised after that).
Drastic Reduction in Sudanese Refugee Admissions
According to the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration in the US State Department ( ) and also Human Rights First, Sudanese refugee admissions from October 1, 2017 to
December 31, 2018 have been very low: 118.
This is due to the US government's requirement that refugees from Sudan undergo extra screening and
other factors.
Because of this, DOHS decided to reach out to all Darfuris in the US who still had only their refugee cards
(I-94 cards). A refugee in the US typically has an I-94 card for the first year to eighteen months of their
time here, before they get their permanent resident status (green card status). During this time they
typically work low-paying, difficult jobs while going to school and learning about how to get by in the US
(ESL classes, learning how to pay bills, get a car and car insurance, etc).
Between January 1 and April 7, 2018, we had shipped clothes, blankets and copies of our guide to US life
(to read it, go to ) to thirty-three refugees.
Cutting Expenses by 50%
Wanting to be more efficient, we decided to send checks of $30 per person and one copy of our US
guide to life and also a list of nearby Goodwill store addresses to refugee households instead. By doing
that, and also having refugees buy blankets for $3 to $6 each at second-hand stores, we cut our
expenses by about 50%.
Then an order for helping fourteen refugee families (eighty-three people) in Texas came to us, and we
spend about another $2560.45 helping them. If we had shipped clothes instead, we probably would not
have been able to help all of them!
Current Status
So, as some of you may have seen on our January 13, 2019 Facebook post, we have now helped 119
Sudanese refugees with the money you gave us. And since we started providing clothes and blankets in
October 2015, we have helped 207 Sudanese refugees in California, Washington State, Nebraska,
Kansas, Texas, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.
We now have spent $3912.10 of the $4,515 disbursed to us by Global Giving from your donations,
leaving only $602.90 left to spend on this project. Even with the government slowing down Sudanese
refugee admissions, we should have no problem seeing to it your money is well-spent to help keep them
warm in the USA.
Thank you for enabling us to do all of this!
And Now We’re Going to Build Schools for Refugees, Too
And as you may know, on November 19, 2018 we went live with our next GlobalGiving fundraising
project, Darfuris need 150 capacity schools in Djabal, Chad (GG project #36572). Here’s the web address
for the GlobalGiving website page for it:
Please consider helping these displaced persons in one of the world’s most obscure and impoverished
areas get the education infrastructure they badly want and need! Once we get 30% of the building
costs, construction by UK-based company OMI will begin!
Kind Regards,
The Board of the Doroti Organization for Humanitarian Services, Incorporated.
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The Doroti Organization for Humanitarian Services, Incorporated

Location: Louisville, KY - USA
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Twitter: @N/A
Project Leader:
Phil L Nippert
Louisville, KY United States

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