This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2013.
The Chad country office representation despite beginning the year 2013 with a financial deficit and no commitment from donors for funding, supported the Red Cross Society of Chad (RCSC) to deliver humanitarian assistance to persons affected by the various disaster during the year including floods, population movements and food insecurity. The main activities implemented during the year include continued provision of assistance persons affected by flooding in the south of the country, continuation of food security activities as well as response to a new influx of refugees in the east and continuation of the second phase of the community resilience aimed at improving the living conditions of refugees in the camps.
The notable achievements are:
Extension of the Floods Emergency Appeal which made it possible to distribute non-food items to up to 3,160 persons in 12 target areas in the region of May Kebbi Est. Through this operation, a total of 200 flood affected families in the outskirts of Bongor were provided with semi-durable shelters and latrines.
Through the Food Insecurity response operation, long-term activities such as the distribution of agricultural tools and materials, construction of hand operated water pumps and cash voucher distributions were implemented. A total of 80 local initiatives have benefitted from the distribution of agricultural tools, materials and motor pumps enabling them to launch off-season cultural activities in marshland areas. Income-generating activities for local initiatives composed mainly of women were ensured through the distribution of mills. A total 10 local benefitted from cash vouchers distribution to support boosting their income-generating activities.
In early February 2013, armed conflicts erupted between two Sudanese tribes living in an area near the Chadian border leading to an influx of 30,000 refugees and 20,000 Chadian returnees into the eastern region of Sila. The Red Cross Society of Chad and the IFRC country office responded with the support of the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to assist 1,200 families for three months. The DREF allocation enabled the construction of emergency latrines, NFIs distribution and training volunteers for mass sensitization campaigns. An Emergency Appeal was subsequently launched to further support the National Society to provide NFIs such as mosquito nets, jerry cans and soap to 3,000 families as well as provide basic shelter to identified most vulnerable families.
The second phase of the community resilience project funded by the Finnish RC was kicked off with a six months delay due to late arrival of funds. In November 2013, the NS distributed livestock to identified vulnerable families, provided the water and sanitation sector with working material as well supporting families with the construction of their own latrines. In addition, the Finnish RC procured and