Creating Opportunity for Darfur Women

by Global Communities

Silver Spring, March 5, 2009

The government of Sudan has revoked the registration of many NGOs working in Sudan. CHF International, the international development and humanitarian assistance organization, is one of those whose license has been revoked.

CHF has been told that it must cease operations and expatriate staff must depart from the country immediately. We are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and security of our staff during this process.

CHF International regrets the decision of the Sudanese government and remains committed to working with the Sudanese government in order to continue to provide humanitarian assistance and development to the people of Darfur. CHF hopes that the situation will be resolved in such a way as we are able to continue our life-saving work as soon as possible.

CHF is an independent, neutral organization whose focus is entirely on helping the most vulnerable people in North and South Sudan. CHF has no affiliation with the International Criminal Court in any way and has at no point provided the ICC with any information. Its mission in Sudan is entirely humanitarian in nature, focused on working directly with the most vulnerable people in the camps to help them to restart their lives and livelihoods.

Judith Hermanson, Senior Vice President of CHF International says: ‘This is a terrible setback for the people of Darfur who depend upon the work of CHF International both for immediate relief to their situation, and also for the long-term hopes of regaining self-direction and self-sufficiency in their lives.’

CHF has been working in Sudan since 2004. In Darfur we undertake projects with internally displaced persons to ensure families have reliable food and shelter, necessary HIV/AIDS education, vocational training and fuel efficient stoves that improve women’s safety and opportunities for earning increased income. Over 170,000 people benefit from these programs each year. For more information see

We are providing training and sustainable market linkages for 1,000 women in Darfur, Sudan who have been displaced by conflict. Over the last three months CHF’s program has focused on building the capacity of women to form independent weaving cooperatives and/or handicraft producer groups. Teaching women to accurately cost and price their products has shown an immediate impact on the lives of the artisans. Nura learned to knit at the CHF Women’s Center where she attended business training, she then sold her products at the market and used the profit to buy 2 sheep, which have now become 6 sheep and she sells their milk everyday to her neighbors. Nura is now a CHF trainer and uses her income from these ventures to support her family.

Helping Women Artisans from Darfur

Neetha Tangirala | VIP Assignment, January-June 2007

In December 2006, when she heard about CHF International, Neetha Tangirala was working as a volunteer teacher for British Charity in Khartoum, but was searching for a humanitarian organization to work with in her spare time. She interviewed with the CHF field office in and was offered the chance to become involved as a Visiting International Professional (VIP™) to assist an innovative crafts program focusing on women from war-torn Darfur.

Though she was only contracted to work a few days per week, Neetha became so close with the local CHF staff that she was often at the office working for five days per week or more. Neetha specifically worked with the Baskets of Darfur program, an income-generating sustainable development project. She worked to enhance the overall appearance of the crafts displays at the office to encourage guests to purchase the baskets and benefit the project. She was involved in writing up and displaying the stories of the women artisans to remind visitors of their struggle for peace. Neetha was thrilled to also have the opportunity to help facilitate the production of the Income Generating Activities Manual, which is designed to be a guide for organizations to create and sustain activities that focus on long-term, sustainable development.

Her work with CHF allowed Neetha to experience and learn more about international development and specifically about development in Sudan. She is grateful to have had the chance to contribute to CHF programs and make a difference in the region.



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Erin Mote
Manager of Resource Development
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