Contribution to the ICRC Chad Appeal 2018
Basic needs regarding food/nutrition and access to water and sanitation facilities of vulnerable people affected by conflict and/or other situations of violence in Chad are covered.
The ICRC aims to achieve the following main targets per Assistance sub-programme for 2018:
- Dietary and other basic needs gap for 334’925 vulnerable people, including IDPs, returnees and residents reduced
- Access to safe water supply and sanitation facilities for 23’000 people established
With a contribution of EUR 500'000, the ICRC will be able to reach the following results:
- Dietary and other basic needs situation of 32'950 vulnerable people, including female headed households improved
- Access to safe water for 6'450 people restored.
The ICRC works closely with the Red Cross of Chad and focuses its activities on all eastern, western and southern regions of Chad.
- distribute seed and tools for growing staple crops and vegetables to households; provide these households with food for consumption during the lean season or training in cultivating market gardens
- provide households with essential household items or food
- repair or build water points; train and equip management committees and local technicians in maintaining or repairing these water points In rural areas
- conduct hygiene-awareness sessions and/or donate hygiene kits for the people mentioned above, and for up to 8,000 others from urban areas; train and equip hygiene-promotion focal points and, with the National Society, sanitation committees.
The conflict in the Lake Chad region continues. Troops from Chad and its neighbours – Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria – remain engaged in military operations against the armed group that calls itself Islamic State’s West Africa Province (also known as Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, or Boko Haram). The group carries out incursions intermittently on Chadian territory, particularly in and around the Lac region.
Insecurity in neighbouring countries, including the Central African Republic (hereafter CAR) and Sudan, has driven hundreds of thousands of people – refugees and returnees – to Chad. Resources are overstretched, and infrastructure and services, already weakened, are under considerable strain.
Chad has closed its borders with the CAR, Libya and Nigeria to prevent further incursions by other armed groups, disrupting trade and exacerbating economic difficulties.
The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), which is tackling the conflict in the Lake Chad region, and Barkhane, a French military operation against armed groups in the Sahel region, continue to be based in the capital, N’Djamena.
Many people have been uprooted from their homes by the conflict in the Lake Chad region; refugees and returnees continue to arrive in Chad. These people, and members of the communities that host them, have limited access to essential goods and services, and rely heavily on humanitarian aid. The prevailing instability prevents them from resuming their food-production or income-generating activities.