Darfur Women Network, Inc. wrote -
We raise fund for Darfur Women Network to achieve its goal.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Chad hosts 288,700 Darfur refugees in 12 camps (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 2013). 7000 Touloum refugee families use traditional wood-burning cooking stoves. Collecting scarce firewood risks rape and attacks against vulnerable refugee women. Smoke inhalation hazards and safety issues are related to these stoves. Despite the risks, refugee families are rejecting fuel-efficient stoves and continue to cook using traditional methods that demand frequent collection of firewood.
How will this project solve this problem?
Through participatory investigation, DWN will test fuel-efficient stoves and solar cookers with mothers in the camp to determine the most practical, efficient, and adaptable stove for the camp environment. DWN will teach women to use the new stoves and cook nontraditional foods. Beyond retrieving wood for cooking needs, women and girls are gathering wood to sell. DWN will gather information from the refugee community about income-generating projects that provide alternative sources of income.
Potential Long Term Impact
By 2015, the project will protect 7000 of women in Touloum by providing them with safe cooking options, decision-making training, and access to alternative sources of income to improve the wellbeing of their families. By 2015, this project will be duplicated in at least two other camps. Your donation will help improve food security and will allow us to continue training and building solidarity among women.