1. Wheelchairs (seated tricycles). About thirty refugees in the southern camps and an equal number of people in the surrounding villages have paralyzed or missing legs and can only move about by crawling. This project provided each of them with a seated tricycle enabling them to move about the area in which they live. Cost $10,500. In November, 2010 a second grant for repairs and maintenance training of $8,300 was provided to CRF's partner, CARE International. In November, 2011 an additional $3,000 was allocated to provide tricycles to seventeen refugees in Yaroungou and Moula camps. In September, 2013 $9,950, and in March, 2014 $11,000, was allocated to new and repaired wheelchairs for refugees in the Belom camps outside of Maro. In August, 2014 an additional $1,500 was spent on tricycle repairs and planning of other assistance to people with special needs. In November 2015 $13,500 was allocated to CARE to repair and procure tricycles in four southern camps.
2 . Additional border structure (including well, pump and 4 latrines). Refugees from the CAR tend to cross into southwest Chad at two points where tracks suitable for vehicles cross the border. The refugees must then wait at the border, sometimes for weeks, until the UN can send trucks to pick them up. In early 2008, one of these crossing points had a structure to shield the refugees from the sun and rain as well as latrines and a well producing potable water. The other crossing, near the tiny village of Bitoye, had no facilities. Refugees lived in the bush plain and simple. CRF financed the construction by CARE of a shed, four latrines and well at a cost of $15,500. These facilities are used by villagers when no refugees are present. In the winter of 2014 they were turned over to MSF (Doctors Without Borders) as it dealt with the flood of refugees crossing at Bitoye from the religious warfare in the CAR.
3 . Secondary school. Tens of thousands of children in the five refugee camps in south Chad cannot go to high school. Throughout refugee camps in Africa, the UNHCR provides facilities only for primary education. CRF joined with UNICEF, CARE and the Chad Ministry of Education to plan, finance and construct a secondary school, grades 7-9, in Beureh village, located between two refugee camps and in easy walking distance of both. The school also serves local children from the ten villages in the Beureh area. The school has eight classrooms, an administrative office, separate toilet facilities for girls and boys and a well to produce potable water. Classes actually began in November, 2008 in makeshift quarters in anticipation of the new buildings. The UN is paying the fees for all refugee students and will provide their uniforms as well. The total cost of the school is $111,000. Of this amount UNICEF provided $60,000 and CARE gave $12,000. The CRF share was $39,000. Additional amounts of $2,200 and $2,800 were provided in 2011 and 2013, and $12,000 in 2014, for repairs to the building, books for teachers, chemicals for the latrines, teacher training, bicycles for girl students and construction of a house for the watchman. In August, 2014 $7,125 was allocated to building a fence around the school and augmenting teacher salaries. In June, 2015 CRF made a major investment of $42,200 in the Beureuh school (via ACRA) involving teacher training and instructional materials, augmenting teacher salaries, support for parents' and mothers' associations, buying and repairing desks, planting trees in the school courtyard, and buying cleaning products for the latrines and bicycles for the teachers. A further investment of $22,000 for a school library, teachers' lounge and fence repairs was made in October, 2015. In 2016 $12,250 was transferred to ACRA for completion of the fence and other minor expenses.
4. Medicines. On each trip to Chad we try to hand carry medicines to the doctors in charge of health services in the camps or for the local population. In 2008, thanks to the generosity of Direct Relief International plus a small amount of CRF funds, we were to provide $26,500 worth of medicines to Dr. Henry Mwambo Esame, a Cameroonian doctor working with COOPI in the Goré camps. In 2009-10, AmeriCares, an NGO in Stamford, CT, entrusted us with $79,000 worth of anti-biotics that we transferred to the District Medical Officers in Goré and Danamadji. It also provided us with $2,700 worth of non-prescription medicines and medical supplies which were delivered to a UN doctor, Aimé Namululi, in Danamadji and to the district hospitals in Goré and Danamadji. Additional contributions from DRI were transferred to the District Hospital in Goré in May 2011 and to CSSI in February 2012 and September 2013. DRI shipments in 2014 and 2015 were valued at $93, 444. The total value of all medicines delivered to health authorities in south Chad is $280,050.
5. Protection of Women & Children. This project is intended to reduce discrimination and violence against women and children through improving understanding of gender roles and human rights, raising awareness of children's rights respecting abuse and neglect, educating both men and women about family planning, and reinforcing existing women's and SGBV (sexual and gender based violence) committees. CRF financed a three-step program of the Association des Guides du Tchad (AGT) that initially trained women members of AGT from six areas in Chad in the rights of women and children and in techniques of female empowerment. Once trained, these volunteers sensitized women and children in the refugee camps about gender-based sexual violence and the rights of women and children. Finally, the instructors will conduct extensive training of a smaller number of women so that they can continue the effort after the project is completed. The project cost $31,800. Refugees trained by the Girl Guides have, in fact, continued the effort to reduce domestic violence -- in March 2013 $410 was allocated to these women to buy supplies needed in their outreach efforts.
6. Football field at the Beureh school. When students at the Beureh Secondary School were asked by CRF what they needed most, they replied “a football (soccer) field”. The school administrator and the Parents Association, helped by the UNHCR, submitted an application in September 2009 that was funded in November of that year at a cost of $4,500. The field has been built and was inaugurated by CRF Board members in January 2010. In May 2010 $850 was transferred to the Parents Association to pay for balls, uniforms and shoes. In March 2013 $360 was allocated to the purchase of balls on the condition that the students repair the field
7. Oxen and plow units. The priority need of the 13,000 refugees living at Yaroungou is to increase agricultural production. In cooperation with COOPI, an Italian NGO, CRF has enabled groups of farmers to buy oxen and plow units that increase production by bringing additional land under cultivation as well as making more efficient use of land already in production. These units cost $523 each and CRF initially funded 39 units at a cost of $20,400.
8. Mosquito nets. The refugees most vulnerable to fatal cases of malaria are children under 5 years of age. One way to protect those children is to protect their mothers when pregnant. CRF has started a program of providing long-lasting impregnated mosquito nets to pregnant women in the three camps near Goré in cooperation with the Mentor Initiative (UK). One thousand one hundred nets were purchased in June 2010 with the first $5,000 provided by CRF.
9. Solar power (Stage 1). This project provides solar power to the health clinics serving Amboko, Gondje and Dosseye refugee camps where the nearest electricity grid is many miles away. The clinics are open 24 hours a day, but the only light available at night was from kerosene lanterns. The refrigerators were also powered by kerosene. Kerosene is expensive, dangerous and not always available. CRF, in conjunction with CSSI, a Chadian NGO, designed and constructed solar facilities that provide light for the clinics and power for refrigerators in which medicines and immunization materials are stored. CRF's costs were $30,000.
10. Football field at Goré. Goré village has been the headquarters for the UNHCR and its NGO partners since 2002. One stepping stone in successfully integrating the CAR refugees into the local population, a long-term UNHCR goal,is providing some equity in outside assistance. In January 2010 the government official in charge of the district in which Goré is located asked CRF to build a football field in the village that would, unlike the field at the local church, would be open to all children without charge. The field was inaugrated in May, 2011 with CRF personnel in attendance. The CRF cost was $6,500. In November 2010 an additional $660 was transferred specifically to buy uniforms and shoes for girls.
11. Vitamin A and Multivitamins. CRF in conjunction with Vitamin Angels, a Santa Barbara non-profit, and CSSI is providing Vitamin A for 14,000 children (later increaed to 34,000) in the three Goré and 2 Maro camps. The cost of materials and transport to N'Djamena are born by Vitamin Angels. CRF has paid the distribution costs in Chad ($2,540). 11,880 doses of multivitamins (including iron & folic acid) for pregnant and lactating women were sent to Chad in August 2012. 12,000 additional doses of iron and folic acid were purchased by CRF and shipped to Goré via N'Djamena in November 2012 (cost $824). 34,000 doses of Vitamin A were provided by Vitamin Angels in January 2013 and transferred to CSSI in Chad.
12. Solar power (Stage 2). The solar project was extended to provide power for lighting and refrigeration at health centers at Moula camp, at Yaroungou, an ex-camp, and Maro village. Our partner again was CSSI. The cost to CRF was $51,000. When Yaroungou camp was flooded in November 2012 and its 13,000 residents moved to Moula (renamed Belom), the Yaroungou solar facility was moved as well and is now in operation at Belom.
13. Equipment for Girls' Soccer Teams. In May, 2011 we noticed that girls' soccer teams in Goré played in barefeet. This project provided soccer cleats, socks and shinguards to all the girls playing in the local league. The cost was $2,400.
14. Football fields in the Haraze area. Two new camps (Moyo & Koy) were established by the UNHCR outside of the village of Haraze in southeastern Chad in 2010. No recreation facilities existed in these camps. This project funded the construction of three football fields, one each in camp and in the village, plus uniforms and equipment, for a cost of $6,850.
15. Haraze area education. The UNHCR's partner for education in the Haraze area is an Italian NGO, Cooperazione Rurale in Africa e America Latina (ACRA). CRF has joined with ACRA in a school improvement program in Moyo and Koy camps, and the surrounding villages, with three components -- a public relations campaign to persuade refugee parents to send their children to school and to keep them there, the purchase and distribution of school materials and texts for the 2,030 children expected to enroll in the camp schools in 2012-13 and a teacher training effort designed to replace formal learning by rote methods with interactive teaching techniques that support more creative and analytic thinking. CRF's share of the costs is $45,000. This joint program with ACRA was extended to 2014, 2015 and 2016 at a cost of $77,000.
16. Solar power (stage 3). The solar facilities at the health centers at Beureuh and Dosseye required re-configuration in the spring of 2013. The work was done by CSSI and the cost to CRF was $9,012. Repairs at Dosseye and Belom in 2014 cost $4,250. Working with Unite to Light, a Santa Barbara non-profit, 1,000 solar lamps were provided to vulnerable refugees at a cost of $6,705.
17. Housing. Belom camp outside of Maro was built for 5-6,000 refugees. The transfer of 13,000 refugees from the flooded Yaroungou in November 2012 and the arrival of 5,600 new refugees from CAR in March 2013 means that 23-25,000 refugees are living in a camp with inadequate housing, water points, sanitation, health services and educational facilities. Told by UNHCR that housing for vulnerable people (aged, disabled, blind, children on their own) was the highest priority need, CRF in May 2013 funded the construction of 405 houses at Belom built by its partner, the Lutheran World Federation (Geneva, Switzerland). The cost was $45,500. The flood of refugees fleeing the mahem in the CAR in 2014 included 200 people with special needs at Dosseye. House were built for them, again with the Lutheran World Federation, at a cost of $25,000.
18. Keeping girls in school. The first stage of an extended effort to keep girls in school is the provision of bicycles to refugee girls enrolled in the college (high school) in Goré, 12-15 km. from the UNHCR camps in which they live. This phase, initiated in October 2013, cost $1,600. Girls will not be comfortable in school unless there are women teachers. None are available in the Goré area so CRF in November 2013 provided three scholarships for young women to go to the Teacher Training College in Doba at a yearly cost of $6,000. Two of the scholarships were extended for the 2014-15 school year at a cost of $3,600. Six college scholarships (five for girls) were awarded in October 2015 at a cost of $7,200. Additionally, $2,100 was provided to ACRA for stipends enabling eleven girls to attend high school in Haraze.
19. Supplemental food. Among the tens of thousands of refugees fleeing the "genocide" in the CAR in 2013-14 are hundreds of people with special needs. Using an anonymous $15,000 donation from a multi-national company operating in Chad, CRF has provided 5,000 kg of rice, 12,500 kg of beans, 800 kg of salt and 1,575 ltr. of oil to such people over a four month period beginning in April 2014. An additional $15,000 grant in the summer of 2014 has enabled CRF to provide $25,000 for tools, seeds and fertilizer to 466 households in Belom camp (2,300 refugees) that will enable them to grow vegetables in the winter of 2014-15.
20. General education. In 2017 CRF, in partnership with the Italian NGO ACRA, began a program of general support of refugee education in south Chad. The chief elements of that program are (a) support of four secondary schools in the Gore area with special attention to the Beureuh School which CRF and UNICEF founded in 2008, (b) support of nine young refugees (predominantly women) at Chadian universities, (c) providing wheelchairs and crutches to students in need of that form of assistance and renovating school buildings to make them handicapped accessible. The initial grant to support this effort was $60,000. In 2016-17, at a cost of $187, 613 we provided teacher training, augmented teacher salaries, supported school libraries, provided chemicals for school latrines, paid families small amounts to assure that their daughters attended school, provided wheelchairs and crutches for handicapped students, renovated classrooms to make them handicapped accessible, subsidized the costs of nine students at Chadian universities, supported mothers' and parents' associations and, in particularly remote areas, funded programs to persuade families to send their children to school.
Total assistance: In the 10 years and 11 months from January 1, 2008 to December 1, 201 CRF has provided cash assistance and medical supplies to refugees and local people in south Chad totaling $1,218,596.