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.
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.
October 23, 2016
December 1, 2015
“It’s important that I know how to read and write because the school might send me a note to come and meet with them about my children but I could not read it so I would not go.” I met Esperence coincidentally. I was in a village meeting with the Chief and community members about…
February 19, 2015
Growing produce is a tradition for the Masalit tribe in Darfur, Sudan. For generations they relied on the land for their livelihood. But then the brutality of war came and these peaceful people were forced to flee their land, ending up in one of the many cramped displacement camps, miles from home. This is what…
September 16, 2014
Being the eldest of her siblings – and her family being one of the poorest in her Darfur village – Matida, 13, sacrificed a lot during her early childhood. She spent her days on household chores and cooking for her family. She assumed that education was exclusively for those who can afford school fees, clothing…
January 13, 2014
The dust swirls around our vehicle as the UNAMID truck in front of us comes to a stop. The lead convoy vehicle has gone ahead to investigate a pick-up in the dirt track ahead. After a few minutes we are cleared to continue, the dust kicks up again and we move on down the path.…
May 8, 2013
One 8 x 5 meter classroom. 150 kindergarteners. One teacher. This is schooling in Darfur. War Child built this classroom, and one more like it, at a primary school I visited today in El Geneina, West Darfur (pictured). National standards say that there should be no more than 55 students per class. This one was…
May 6, 2013
“Ladies and Gentlemen, you may have noticed we’re climbing again. We’ve had to abandon our first landing attempt because there were animals on the runway. We’ll circle around and try again.” And with that I arrived in West Darfur. It’s hot as expected. It’s dusty as expected. There’s large piles of mud bricks everywhere. Not…
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