HIAS in Chad
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REFUGEES IN CHAD
HIAS CLIENTS IN CHAD
HIAS’ clients are survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and vulnerable refugees who are identified through community networks and are evaluated by HIAS staff. Particularly vulnerable groups include persons with disabilities, older persons, at-risk youth, and single women caring for families. Demographics in the camps vary, but for all age groups, females largely outnumber males.
HIAS SERVICES IN CHAD
HIAS partners with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN refugee agnecy (UNHCR) to distribute cash-based transfers, as opposed to directly supplying food rations to refugees, which allow for greater self-determination. Starting in April 2017, HIAS began implementing this new voucher-based food distribution system; today it is working in Bredjing, Goz Amir, Djabal, and in the site of Kerfi. Ultimately, HIAS’ plan is to bring the system to all 13 locations where it is responsible for food distribution on behalf of UNHCR and WFP in the region.
In 2018 HIAS started bread-making-projects which have socially and economically empowered more than 450 women and girls who are now making and selling bread in the refugee camps. In February 2017, HIAS launched a program focusing on the permagardening methodology, a small-scale agricultural technique that maximizes soil fertility and water management using local resources. Within three months, HIAS trained 20 lead gardeners and less than two weeks later, the lead gardeners trained an additional 300 refugees. Today this project benefits more than 600 households and has helped to reduce the dependency of vulnerable households on food rations.
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