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Central African Republic

A forgotten crisis
3 in 5 people are living below the poverty line
384,884 people displaced by conflicts in the country
3 is the number by which the average arable farming area has been divided
203,000 people helped

Context

Since 2013, the Central African Republic, and in particular its north-western region, has been experiencing considerable instability, with persistent tensions between former Seleka and anti-Balaka armed groups.

Indeed, CAR is suffering from a serious protection crisis; insecurity continues to be a major concern and armed groups have a very strong grip on the country.

As a result, insecurity and its negative impact on livelihoods continues to limit access to food for vulnerable households, further exacerbating food and nutrition insecurity. In parallel, displaced people have been flocking to SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL‘s intervention regions around Paoua, in the western central region, and in the Kaga Bandoro and Mbrès areas in the Center, thus leading to inter-community tensions.

This violence has disrupted agricultural and commercial activities and caused massive population displacements, which in turn have had a serious impact on the availability of and access to food. Thus, the crisis has dismantled already very fragile health prevention, primary and secondary health care activities, all functional referral hospitals, early warning mechanisms and rapid response capacities in the event of an epidemic.

Therefore, the government is gradually seeking to establish its presence outside the capital. National capacities remain very weak and social services available to the population are limited. The government’s involvement in the humanitarian response is also limited and there is no public condemnation of violence and security incidents against humanitarian organizations.

  • 4.6 million inhabitants
  • 62.6% poverty rate
  • 188th out of 189 on the Human Development Index

Our action

  • Mission
    opened in 2006
  • Team 19 international staff
    125 national staff
  • Budget €3.9 M

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL operates around the cities of Paoua and Kaga Bandoro where numerous displaced people live.

Our teams rehabilitate water and sanitation infrastructure, while training water management committees to ensure its sustainability. Our hygiene and water point awareness campaigns help to cope with the high pressure of the massive influx of people. SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL provides drinking water to families, but also to farmers, by repairing defective boreholes and transporting and storing water to their lands, helping to improve food security.

Community interest works facilitate agricultural, pastoral and commercial activities and therefore increase food availability and stimulate the market. Our teams provide tool kits and seeds to farmers and herders, and provide training.

Through a rapid emergency response mechanism and the establishment of an emergency stockpile, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL stands ready to respond in the early hours of man-made or natural disasters to ensure access to safe drinking water and a healthy environment for populations made vulnerable by a shock, natural disaster or epidemic.

Our impact

water sanitation

Water, hygiene and sanitation

Approximately 480 000 people helped

– Reinforcing the communes populations’ capacities in terms of sanitation and hygiene
– Implementing total sanitation projects led by communities
– Supporting water management committees (hygiene and sanitation)
– Campaigns promoting good hygiene and sanitation practices
– Distributing NFI/WASH kits to treat acute malnutrition
– Construction/ Rehabilitation of protected water points
– Construction/ Rehabilitation of sanitary structures (latrines, showers)
– Construction /Rehabilitation of water supply and sanitation infrastructure in health facilities and at community level

food security

Food security and water access

Approximately 74 000 poeple helped.

– Food assistance (distribution of kits, money transfers)
– Support for food production and market gardening (distribution of inputs, tools, trainings…)
– Support for small livestock (pastoral inputs, distribution of small ruminants, training, vaccinations, construction of livestock pens for vaccination…)
– Support for pisciculture

Shelters

– Setting-up de shelter committees
– Technical and in-kind support for shelter reconstruction

Should you have any questions, please contact Thierry Benlahsen,

Thierry Benlahsen

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