Central African Republic

Getting access to people in need, whatever it takes
3 in 5 people are living below the poverty line
384,884 people have been displaced by conflicts in the country
3 is the number by which the average arable farming area has been divided
308,976 people helped

Context

Since 2013, the Central African Republic, and particularly the northwest of the country, has been prey to considerable instability, with ongoing tensions between the ex-Seleka and anti-Balaka armed groups.

People in the stranglehold of this complex conflict have fled en masse from the front lines, leaving everything behind. Some try to find work where they relocate, but sharing resources and land can be a source of tension.

The CAR is susceptible to natural disasters, one of which was the El Niño phenomenon. The country’s agricultural production is steadily declining. Seeds prices are rising. A large part of the population now finds itself in a situation of food insecurity. Conflicts also have an impact on health: water, hygiene and sanitation infrastructures have either been destroyed or neglected, increasing the pressure on those remaining that are still serviceable. The queues of people collecting water sometimes last all day. Those who prefer to fetch water at night are exposing themselves to safety risks.

  • 4.6 million inhabitants
  • 62.6% poverty rate
  • 185th out of 188 on the Human Development Index

Our action

  • Mission
    opened in 2006
  • Team 10 international staff
    170 national staff
  • Budget €2.96 M

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL works in and around the towns of Kabo and Kaga Bandoro in the north of the country, which is home to many displaced people.

Our teams are rehabilitating water and sanitation infrastructures, while training water management committees in order to safeguard their futures. Our hygiene and water point use awareness campaigns are helping to tackle the severe pressure exerted by massive population influxes. SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL provides both families and farmers with drinking water, repairing some defective wells and transporting this water back to where it is needed and storing it, helping to improve food security.
Community-based projects can be used to help with farming, livestock-raising and commercial activities, therefore increasing the availability of food and rejuvenating the market. Our teams supply farmers and herders with tool kits and seeds, and deliver training.

Thanks to a rapid emergency response mechanism and the existence of emergency supplies, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is ready to assist in the first few hours following a natural or manmade disaster.

Partners

ECHO, DFID, CIAA, UNICEF, FAO

Our impact

Rapid response program

16,840 people helped

– Distributed non-food item kits
– Implemented emergency water access program

food security

Food security and water access

102,000 people helped

– Constructed and restored water and sanitation infrastructures
– Conducted hygiene promotion sessions
– Distributed seeds
– Vaccinated transhumant livestock

Should you have any questions, please contact Caroline Courtois

Caroline Courtois

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At head office
33
Worldwide
7
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