Chad is among the poorest countries in the world (ranked 185 out of 187), and the Hadjer Hadid region is one of the poorest regions of Chad. Half a million refugees have fled from bordering Darfur into this already impoverished area, suffering from chronic economic and environmental fragility.
We work side by side with communities, empowering and enabling them to take ahold of opportunities before them, and building a brighter and better future for themselves.
A local tradition embodies our values and vision for the project:
1. Grassroots Ownership
2. Initiative and Resilience
3. Long-term Sustainable Impact
Water is typically drawn from open holes dug in dried riverbeds, and is often poor quality (with animals & humans defecating nearby) and a long way from villages.
Boreholes and hand-pumps are few, and are usually poorly managed & many soon fall into disrepair. We have already identified 60 dysfunctional pumps across the region!
Work with communities to repair/replace 25 dysfunctional hand-pumps;
Equip local water committees for effective management and maintenance;
Increase pump repair capacity through local mechanic training, cost recovery strategies and supply chain development;
Engage underlying challenges to community transformation by addressing educational resilience & mother-tongue literacy.
Assist in management of two refugee camp literacy committees launched by a local partner.
Contribute additional literacy and educational materials and resources for local use.
To see this whole region transformed we need to understand in depth the regional context and needs:
We will dialogue with communities through participative assessments, as well as collecting water resources data (hydrology, geology, demography) in order to provide a clear picture of current situation & future prospects.
This lays the foundation for far-reaching and long-term projects in years ahead, introducing new approaches (irrigation, sand dams, spring protection) and building local capacity.
We also want to look beyond the chronic need for clean water in the region:
Infant/child mortality: 9%/15%
Life expectancy: 50.7 years
Child malnutrition: 30%
Clean water access: 13%
Dysfunctional water pumps: 80%
Primary school access: 20%
Local literacy rate: > 5%