Improving the lives of Sudanese famillies
War continues to put children and youth in West Darfur at risk of becoming a lost generation by jeopardizing economic recovery and threatening their future prosperity.Read the stories
War, displacement and urbanization continue to put children and youth in West Darfur at risk of becoming a lost generation, jeopardizing economic recovery, exacerbating conflict and threatening future prosperity. Over 378,000 people are currently displaced in West Darfur, the majority of which are children. With continued insecurity in the region, West Darfur faces the highest percentage of out of school children in Sudan, reaching a staggering 55% in 2015. War Child Canada’s work improves economic resilience and promotes education, empowerment and conflict resolution.
In 2016 War Child Canada will be expanding to Central Darfur.
In West Darfur, War Child Canada promotes early recovery and sustainable livelihoods by supporting farmers, pastoralists and their communities. This approach includes hands-on training in modern agricultural techniques, distributing seeds and tools to farmers in need, and working with communities to vaccinate and protect their livestock. In 2015, War Child Canada worked with women on demonstration farms to increase their food production with strong results: the program contributed to a one-month increase in food self-sufficiency per household. The majority of those who experienced an increased harvest size credited improved knowledge of farming techniques and greater access to seeds. 96% of farm participants used their new skills on their own land. Further, three-quarters of those that sold some of their harvest in the market reported that winter farming, a new technique they learned through the program, contributed to their household income.
War Child Canada rebuilds local infrastructure and works with local leaders to develop management plans, helping communities properly manage their natural resources, such as water points and rangeland.
War Child Canada offers vocational training in trades such as masonry, food processing, carpentry, sewing and metal work. Participants receive business training and start up grants so they can open and run their own businesses using their newly-acquired skills. Providing families with the tools required to run a successful business or effectively farm their land ensures parents have the income necessary to meet their children’s educational and health needs.
When war breaks out, children are often forced from the classroom and into dangerous situations. In West Darfur, War Child Canada ensures children are able to keep learning through Accelerated Learning Programming (ALP). ALP allows students to complete two years of schooling in one and re-enter the formal education system quickly.
To ensure child-friendly learning environments in formal schools, War Child Canada trains teachers and Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) on child rights and protection issues. PTAs provide a vital link between the school and community, ensuring parents and community members are actively engaged in and supportive of children’s education. PTAs also start small income-generating projects, which provide capital to purchase school supplies, support vulnerable children and contribute to school maintenance.
War Child Canada rehabilitates and builds classrooms that may have been damaged during conflict, making sure students have a safe space to learn.
In addition to formal education, War Child Canada’s youth empowerment programming helps build the resilience of youth in the face of crises and conflict in Darfur. This work specifically focuses on increasing the commitment and capacity of youth to ensure their rights, as well as to take action to promote peace building and community development. Through training and small grants, youth are empowered to implement community-based peace building projects which address underlying grievances that cause instability and conflict. Additionally, delivery of a comprehensive life skills curriculum improves the conflict management skills and attitudes of diverse children and youth.Donate
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