The Rapid Response Fund allocates 202,230 USD to provide Emergency Shelters and Non Food Items for over 1,400 vulnerable, conflict-affected Sudanese families in Central Darfur

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

 

A new Rapid Response Fund (RRF) grant of 202,230 USD has been allocated to Triangle Génération Humanitaire (TGH), to provide Emergency Shelters and Non Food Items to over 1,400 vulnerable families who have recently been displaced from Chad to Um Dukhun locality in Central Darfur due to camp closure and relocation. The RRF is a USAID/OFDA emergency funding mechanism managed by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), and designed to respond to the life-saving needs of newly displaced populations.

Since their arrival in Central Darfur between January and April 2016, this population, who have been displaced several times since 2014, are found to be particularly vulnerable. IOM’s assessment of this displaced population revealed that there are many single female-headed households, unaccompanied minors and elderly people. In addition, it was found that they had not received any emergency assistance during their years of displacement. Due to the repeated displacement, they lost almost all of their household items (such as cooking pots and jerry cans to hold water) and many are now living in makeshift shelters, constructed from deteriorated plastic sheeting and wooden sticks (see photo), which do not provide any protection from the rain and the cold. Others who have not been able to find plastic sheeting are sharing overcrowded shelters with relatives, with an average of 7-10 people sharing one small shelter designed to hold a maximum of 5.

With the upcoming rainy season, which has just started in Um Dukhun locality, IOM recognized the urgency to respond to the critical needs of this population, who have to date, received little or no assistance. Without support, many will have to sleep outdoors in the wet and the cold, and the risk of ill health (such malaria, colds and skin diseases) will be particularly high for vulnerable people and their families, such as single parents, children under the age of 5, elderly people and those who are already suffering from illness or disability. The Rapid Response Fund will provide 700 of the most vulnerable families with Emergency Shelters and 700 families with emergency non-food items such as Jerry cans, cooking sets, blankets, sleeping mats and plastic sheeting just before the rainy season.

The Rapid Response Fund (RRF) has been managed by IOM since 2013. To date it has disbursed over 2,400,000 USD to assist over 1,050,000 vulnerable individuals through emergency water, sanitation and
hygiene (WASH), health, shelter, NFI and protective interventions. Triangle Génération Humanitaire (TGH) is implementing WASH; FSL and NFI emergency and early recovery programs in Sudan, and more
specifically in West and Central Darfur States since 2004.

For further information please contact Lisa Lim Ah Ken; Tel: +249-9224-06602; Email: llimahken@iom.int

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