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Chad

Multilayered humanitarian crisis
2.1 million people suffering from severe food insecurity
468 047 refugees
30% access to drinking water in rural areas
66 687 people helped

Context

The Sahel zone in Chad has been hit by repeated food crises in particular in the region of Batha, which suffers from serious rain deficit and where SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is on site.

Drought leads to drastic decrease in agricultural production, which in turn has an impact on sources of income for local populations. The recurrence of drought affects the adaptability of the population, reducing their self-sufficiency especially amongst the poorest households. In fact the majority of the Batha’s inhabitants live solely from farming or animal husbandry and are therefore very climate dependent. In order to adapt to chronic drought they have no other solution that to go into debt. This situation also has the effect of increasing grain prices thereby contributing to the vicious circle of food insecurity and malnutrition. Poor harvests are aggravated by violent insect infestation.

The vulnerability is aggravated by a low level of development and the general economic crisis throughout the country. The deterioration of social cohesion and intercommunity conflicts in the agro-pastoral zones and areas receiving displaced persons represent a serious security risk. Indeed, the presence of displaced persons puts pressure on the limited resources leading to tension with the host community.

Solidarités International is present in the region of Eastern Logone in the South of Chad and has a base in Goré, chef-lieu of the département of Nya Pendé to encourage the development of best practices. The nutritional context is also a topic of concern. According to the investigations carried out between 2015 and 2018, the nutritional situation of children remains serious.

The needs of local populations in these regions are numerous including drinking water, shelter and food.

  • 16 425 858 million inhabitants
  • 46.7% poverty rate
  • 187th out of 189 on the Human Development Index

Our action

  • Mission
    opened in 2008
  • Team 10 international staff
    113 national staff
  • Budget 3.1M€

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is present in the capital, N’Djamena, for coordination, as well as in two bases: Goré in the far South and in Ati in the center of the country. SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL works with the most vulnerable population groups mainly in agriculture and animal husbandry, which have been in decline in the last few years. In order to compensate for their insufficient income and the high rate of malnutrition recorded in the region, our teams have been working to optimize resource management.  They have established risk reduction activities to prepare the population for natural catastrophes so that they become more resistant to climate hazard. In order to respond to the vulnerability peaks during the hunger gap, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL provides seasonal responses mainly in the form of cash support.

In order to stabilize and empower local populations SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL has developed economic opportunities and jobs and activities to help people attain economic self-sufficiency and nutritional and food security.

In order to have a direct impact on malnutrition our teams distribute therapeutic food to children under 5 and organize awareness raising campaigns in nutrition and hygiene best practices. Given the continual water needs due to drought, our teams concentrate on rehabilitating wells and community water management. This limits the exposure to contaminated water and contributes to the fight against malnutrition.

The rise in numbers of Cholera cases is fueled by deteriorated water, hygiene and sanitation quality. SOLIDARITÉS INERNATIONAL deploys water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in conjunction with the health sector in integrated interventions with health partners.

Partners

World Food program (WFP), ECHO, DDC Start Fund, DUE, SDC

Our impact

food security

Food security and livelihood

Approximately 55 000 beneficiaries

– Conditional and non-conditional cash transfers and contribution to the RSU (unified social register)
– Screening and referencing of severe cases of child malnutrition.
– Distribution of non food items (NFI)/water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) kits to treat cases of severe acute malnutrition
– Prevention of maternal and child malnutrition (distribution of therapeutic food, communication to change food and nutritional behavior, promote awareness raising in the use of Moringa in these communities and nutrition awareness.– Support small-scale animal husbandry, (pastoral inputs, distribution of small ruminants, training)
– Catastrophe risk reduction actions (create and establish community early warning and emergency response systems, community action plans, support grain and feed banks)
– Stimulate agro-pastoral activity, distribution of agricultural inputs and organization of agricultural fairs to support community production projects (rehabilitate hydro-agricultural infrastructure)
– Support and develop income generating activities and with VSLA (Village Savings and Loan Associations) and vegetable growers

water sanitation

Water, sanitation and hygiene

Approximately 15 000 beneficiaries

– Construction/Rehabilitation of community water points/wells and water in dispensaries
Implementing sanitation systems and latrines
– Reinforcement of village and population hygiene and sanitation capacity
– Best practice promotion campaigns in hygiene and sanitation
– Support water management committees

Should you have any questions, please contact Thierry Benlahsen,

Thierry Benlahsen

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