CARE has been assisting people in Chad, Mali, and Niger, with early response programs since December 2011. CARE is scaling up its response, aimed at assisting almost one million people to cover their immediate needs and to help them become more resistant to the impacts of future crises. CARE’s emergency response and recovery program is providing access to food, training nurses to identify and treat malnutrition, improving water and sanitation, and promoting hygiene. In parallel to the emergency response, CARE is continuing its long-term development projects (such as women-led saving groups and cereal banks) which make people better equipped to handle future crises on their own.
With funds raised by the Humanitarian Coalition, CARE worked in the Biltine, Kobe, and Wadi Fira regions of Chad to meet the needs of vulnerable people with the large-scale feeding of 72,000 women and children under the age of six. CARE Canada worked hard to repair existing non-functional hand-pumps, distribute 2,500 clean containers for women responsible for water collection, provide hygiene awareness sessions around water points and distribute seeds and tools to 2,000 vulnerable households.
Simultaneously, CARE is also assisting people affected by conflict in Mali:
- Non-food items for Malian refugees and Nigerien returnees in Niger (household items, hygiene kits), assistance to internally displaced people arriving to Central Mali, support to survivors of gender-based violence in Mali.
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