ATEG is running a number of programs to improve the lives of women and children of the Faladie IDP Camp. This camp was built on an active garbage dump, next to a livestock market, and is home to over 1,000 IDPs who fled terrorism in Central Mali. ATEG is giving the women's skills training, delivering medical care, providing food distribution and childhood education.
The Falhadie Camp is on a garbage dump. The IDPs live under inhumane conditions. The shelters are made of rubbish and are bunched tightly together. Rubbish is burned to create more space. The fires give off toxic fumes which cause respiratory issues The camp is next to the livestock market and the smell is unbearable. The population is suffering from food insecurity. They are also lacking in medical care, the women lack the ability to earn an income and the children are not being educated.
In focus groups the women asked for skills training in sewing. ATEG provided, training, internships and business training. We built a facility for them to work in and equipped it with solar power, sewing machines, and supplies. ATEG is funding childhood education for our first group of children. Since the IDPs receive no formal food assistance ATEG provides food distribution on a dependable schedule.
The women will have major roles in leadership and decision making. We will support the formation of a Women's Cooperative where they will have control in managing the distribution of their income and of food. The child education program, will provide literacy, and help them develop psychosocial and interpersonal skills. These projects will improve nutritional status, provide a source of income, restore dignity and bring the children joy and life altering skills.