AHA Programmes (2000 – Present)
- Capacity Development
- Food Distribution
- Relief and Recovery
- Water and Sanitation
Protection and Assistance
Since its inception, AHA has continued to work in Darfur as the only continental African NGO in the area. Our current work sees us providing relief and recovery programmes for IDPs and war affected host communities in the El Fasher Town, El Fasher Rural and Daralsalalm administrative units of North Darfur State. Programmes include protection, emergency general food distribution, improving quality and quantity of potable water, improving agricultural productivity/livelihood, and emergency livestock asset protection.
In 2006, AHA launched a Livestock Protection Project in order to better secure one of the population’s greatest resources. In the agro-pastoral area of Wadaah livestock provides both food and economic opportunity for IDPs and the host community, in an area where both are sparse. However a shortage in pastures, poor animal health and a growth in demand due to an influx of new IDPs, has placed great pressure on the resource. In response AHA implemented an emergency animal treatment campaign, incorporating mass vaccinations, the training of community animal health workers, emergency animal feeding, and the provision of necessary transport. As a result the lives of hundreds of thousands of livestock were saved, disease outbreaks mitigated, the burden of livestock watering reduced, and tensions between host and IDP communities over such matters eased. Most importantly an essential community resource has been better secured, contributing to a long term improvement in the assisted populations health and wellbeing.
The participation and empowerment of the local community has been integral to the success enjoyed by each project, with residents engaged at every stage, from design and implementation to ongoing management. Community discussion groups and water harvesting committees worked to mobilise and liaise with local populations, paying special attention to the inclusion of women. Training was given in water management, harvesting and dry land crop production in order to develop the capacities of the community, to better ensure long term gain from each project. The resulting improved supply of water has helped to alleviate the problem of chronic water shortage; reducing waterborne diseases, improving agricultural output and indirectly providing much needed protection to women and children, by reducing the long and dangerous walk to collect water.
Emergency general food distribution provides a lifeline for thousands of people living in IDP camps, where insecurity and a scarcity of resources make cultivation impossible. Food items are also distributed to the local community to offset seasonal food shortages. Working closely with the World Food Programme, AHA assists hundreds of thousands of people in gaining essential nutrition.
Spiralling violence and a scarcity of resources in Alfasher, North Darfur, has led to numerous attacks on the IDP population, predominantly women and girls, who are forced to travel far in search of sparse supplies of firewood. In response to this, AHA has worked together with the affected population to implement an innovative protection programme. ‘The enhancement of civilian protection from physical atrocities project’ puts into operation measures to safeguard vulnerable populations from imminent harm and avert recurring harm. These measures include: the training and implementation of Protection Officers, facilitated – dialogue, trust and confidence building exercises, increased co-ordination with external protection forces, and new methods to address resource scarcity. Such efforts work in conjunction with ongoing assistance activities, securing people’s safety and supporting ongoing recovery and rehabilitation.
In resource scarce areas within Sudan, a safe and adequate water supply can quite literally mean the difference between life and death, economic success or failure, and good or bad community, IDP, and refugee relations. Therefore, a number of AHA programmes work to improve the quality and quantity of potable drinking water, most recently for the inhabitants of the Shengeltubayi and Gerewit Beshame localities. The Umshalova and Malam Al Widyan Dam rehabilitation projects have maximised the annual supply and efficient use of water for the surrounding communities, through increased dam capacity, improved access to water supply and the implementation of drainage systems and small scale irrigation. In addition, numerous households received much needed agricultural tools and seeds, assisting people in their preparation for the next growing season.
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