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09 May 2012 description

APPEAL #: 642-N

APPEAL GOAL: $100,000

May 9, 2012

SITUATION: Unusually low rainfall has devastated food crops across the Sahel, a vast African region south of the Sahara desert. An estimated 15.5 million people are now affected by food insecurity in Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, the Gambia, Mauritania and Senegal. As conditions continue to deteriorate, more than 1 million children under the age of 5 are expected to experience severe malnutrition in the Sahel this year, according to UNICEF.

13 Apr 2012 description

SITUATION: A deepening food crisis is affecting an estimated 12 million people concentrated primarily in the West African region of the Sahel, with the fear that famine is imminent.

The governments of Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Chad and Niger have already declared states of emergency and called for international assistance.

02 Sep 2009 description

By Kendra Rinas and Carol Fouke-Mpoyo

After several years of persistent efforts to overcome numerous delays due to fragile security and often-hostile weather, the first 75 refugees including 45 from Darfur, Sudan have been resettled to the United States out of Chad.

Church World Service is among key partners in this pilot resettlement effort. Under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. State Department, CWS prepares the case files for all refugees people fleeing persecution in sub-Saharan Africa who are being considered for U.S. resettlement.

04 Mar 2009 description

By Chris Herlinger/Church World Service-ACT International

N'DJAMENA, CHAD, 4 March 2009 - On a Monday morning in the capital of Chad, in a quiet neighborhood that only recently had been overrun by fighting between anti-government guerillas and army troops, you could still see shrapnel on the pavement.

It was from here that Esther T. Isaac was preparing to travel to the tense, unsettled region of eastern Chad that borders the western Sudanese region of Darfur.

She works within the ACT International alliance, employed by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF).

23 Feb 2009 description


Many Kenyans are suffering extreme drought-caused food shortages.

Without immediate intervention and assistance, starvation in parts of Kenya will become a reality, according to a recent Church World Service assessment.

CWS is working with four local partners to provide assistance to 20,237 people in the agricultural districts of Makueni and Mwingi in Kenya's Eastern Province.

05 Nov 2008 description

By Chris Herlinger/Church World Service

KOUKOU ANGARANA, CHAD -- Zeinaba Adam, the mother of five children and a resident of the Aradib displacement camp in eastern Chad, is no stranger to guilt.

In the midst of a raid on her village in eastern Chad in March 2007, by those she describes as the Janjaweed, she was shot five times and survived - believing a headscarf she wore acted as a kind of talisman of protection. But it did not offer her full defense from the terrors of violence and trauma. Adam asked her husband, Hassein Bourma, to retrieve a mattress for her.

21 Jul 2008 description


Almost 200,000 people in eastern Chad have been displaced as conflict within Chad has combined with both cross border violence and refugees from the war in the neighboring Darfur region of Sudan.

'The 'Darfur problem' is broader than Darfur,' says Japp Aantjes, a humanitarian worker with CWS-partner Lutheran World Federation.

The conflict in Darfur has become a regional one, and humanitarian needs stemming from the violence and suffering are affecting civilians in both countries.

15 Jul 2008 description

By Chris Herlinger

KOUKOU ANGARANA, CHAD, July 15, 2008 - Recent security concerns in the wake of rebel movements in eastern Chad have caused some organisations to evacuate staff, which included the temporary suspension of activities last month by the Lutheran World Federation-ACT International program here.

But the week-long LWF suspension, from June 15-22, has since been lifted, and normal humanitarian activities have since resumed, reports Diallo Mbemba, LWF site manager based in Koukou Angarana.

16 Jun 2008 description



The death toll from the May 12 earthquake centered in Sichuan Province stands at more than 69,000. Continuous aftershocks and geologic change have been threatening survivors and aid workers.

CWS supported the immediate efforts of partner the Amity Foundation as it distributed quilts to 10,000 families, plastic sheeting to 20,000 families, and food (33 pounds of rice per person, instant noodles, and sausage) and water to 20,000 individuals.

25 Feb 2008 description

In more than 50 countries around the world children are being kidnapped and forced to become child soldiers. Child soldiers are children younger then eighteen who are directly or indirectly used as combatants, porters, human mine detectors, sex slaves, and/ or for other forms of forced labor.

09 Jul 2007 description

Over 1.5 million people affected by floods in southern Pakistan


A cyclone, excessive rainfall, and flooding in the Punjab, Balochistan, Sindh, and North-West Frontier provinces of Pakistan have left more than 300 dead, crops and livestock inundated, fishing boats sunk or damaged, and a high threat of disease from animal carcasses floating in the water.

29 Jun 2007 description

Appeal #641-S

Appeal Goal: $100,500

SITUATION: Following the recommendations of an assessment mission to eastern Chad in May and early June, members of the Action by Churches Together (ACT) International network are beginning an emergency relief operation in eastern Chad near Koukou, in the conflict-affected region bordering Darfur, Sudan.

The area is heavily impacted by large numbers of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have fled cross-border violence spilling over from Darfur.

16 Mar 2004 description

Appeal Number: 6493
Appeal Amount: $100,000