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Chad

An overlay of humanitarian crisis
52% of households are in food insecurity, including 600,000 in severe malnutrition
800,000 people in displacement need help
30% access to drinking water in rural areas and 57% in urban areas
450,000 people helped

Context

The Sahelian strip of Chad has been hit by a string of recurrent food crises, particularly in the Batha region where SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is present in Ati, where rainfall is extremely scarce.

Droughts lead to a drastic reduction in agricultural production, thus impacting people’s sources of income. Their recurrence affects the adaptive capacities of populations and limit their ability to be self-sufficient, especially those of the poorest households. Indeed, the majority of Batha inhabitants live solely from agriculture or livestock, so they remain highly dependent on the climate.

To adapt to these chronic droughts, they have no other solution than to go into debt. This situation has leads in return to increasing cereal prices, contributing to the vicious circle of food insecurity and malnutrition. The already vulnerable production is also weakened by violent insect attacks.

This vulnerability is exacerbated by low development levels and a widespread economic crisis throughout the country. Indeed, the deterioration of social cohesion, in addition to inter-community conflicts in agropastoral areas and communities hosting displaced persons, constitutes a significant security risk. The presence of displaced people puts pressure on limited resources, causing tensions with host communities.

Solidarités International operates in the Eastern Logone region of southern Chad, with a base in Goré, the capital of the Nya Pendé department, to promote the development of good practices. The nutritional situation is also a matter of concern. Indeed, nutritional surveys conducted between 2015 and 2018 show that the nutritional situation of children remains serious.

The needs of the populations in these regions are numerous, and range from the need for drinkable water to shelter access to nutrition.

  • 15 million inhabitants
  • 47.5% poverty rate
  • 187th out of 189 on the Human Development Index

Our action

  • Mission
    opened in 2008
  • Team 8 international staff
    56 national staff
  • Budget €3.9 M

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is present in capital city N’Djamena for its coordination, and in two bases, in Goré (far South) and Ati in the Center. SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL   works with the most vulnerable populations living mainly from agriculture and livestock, which have been in decline in recent years. To address their lack of income and the high rates of malnutrition in the region, our teams are working to optimize resource management. They implement risk reduction activities to prepare people for natural disasters and help them become more resilient to climatic hazards. Also, with the aim of stabilizing and empowering populations,  SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL  develops economic and employment opportunities in order to give people the means to achieve economic self-sufficiency and nutritional food security through activities.

To directly fight malnutrition, our teams distribute therapeutic food to children under 5 years of age and conduct awareness campaigns on good nutrition and hygiene practices. In response to the incessant need for water during droughts, our teams focus on the rehabilitation of water points and community water management. In this way, they limit people’s exposure to unsafe water and contribute to the fight against malnutrition.

Partners

European Union (EuropeAid, ECHO), PAM

Our impact

food security

Food security and livelihood support

Approximately 74,000 people helped 

– Agropastoral relaunch, distribution of inputs or organization of agricultural fairs, and supporting productive community projects (hydro-agricultural developments, construction of boreholes).
– Unconditional and conditional cash transfers, contribution to RSUs (unified social register)
– Screening and referral of cases of moderate and severe child malnutrition
– Distributing NFI/WASH kits for the treatment of acute malnutrition
– Preventing child and mother malnutrition (Distribution of nutritional supplements, advocating for behavioral change in food and nutrition, promotion and awareness-raising on the use of Moringa in communities, nutrition awareness)
– Support for small-scale animal husbandry (intrants pastoraux, distribution de petit ruminants, formations…)
-Disaster risk-reducing actions (creation and establishment of a community early warning and emergency response systems, community action plan, support for cereal and livestock food banks …)
– Support for the development of income-generating activities and the development of VSLA (Village Savings and Loan Associations) and market gardening groups

water sanitation

Water, sanitation and hygiene

Approximately 13 000 poeple helped

– Construction/ Rehabilitation of water points, at community level, and health centers
– Setting-up sanitation systems and latrines
– Reinforcement of the communes and populations’ capacities in terms of sanitation and hygiene
– Campaigns promoting good hygiene and sanitation practices
– Supporting the water management committees

Should you have any questions, please contact Thierry Benlahsen,

Thierry Benlahsen

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