In the midst of all the conflicting headlines you see each day, you’ve probably heard about hunger in Africa and the famine crisis there. Here are a few basic facts about drought, famine, malnutrition, and hunger in Africa as well as what World Vision is doing in response and how you can participate.
Why World Vision is in Chad
Child protection safeguards reached a new level in 2015 when Chad’s parliament passed a law prohibiting the marriage of children under 18. Much work remains to make sure the law is enforced and to change long-held cultural practices. Early marriage is widespread—nearly 7 out of 10 girls marry before 18. Child brides often drop out of school and face life-threatening complications from bearing children before their bodies are ready. We are addressing early marriage and other child protection challenges by forming children’s clubs to promote child rights and establishing community networks that report and monitor child abuse cases. Together with local leaders, these networks are fighting harmful traditional practices and helping girls go back to school, even if they are married or have children. Many young people who didn’t have the opportunity to finish school have been equipped with valuable skills through our vocational training programs.
We never give up on people
World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.
Progress in Chad
Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.
Child Protection and Care
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.
- We partnered with several agencies to raise awareness on the negative effects of child labor and child abuse, and informed children about where to turn when they are in need of help.
- We encouraged child participation and protection by forming 10 new children’s clubs and raising awareness among parents about child rights.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- World Vision worked with mothers and health centers to promote early identification of malnutrition and provide nutritional resources that help children recover quickly.
- We worked to raise awareness among community members on how to prevent new cases of malaria. Our sessions stressed the importance of using insecticide-treated mosquito nets.
Education for Better Lives
Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.
- To improve education for all children, we built new classrooms and worked with local Parent Teacher Associations on how to advocate for quality schools.
Love of God and Neighbors
Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.
- Following Christ's example, we worked alongside children and families to change lives, promote peace and understanding, and demonstrate God's unconditional love.
Prayer Requests from Chad
World Vision's staff in Chad are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Refugees residing in Chad who are trying to ensure their children get food and healthcare.
Community health workers who are teaching new moms about ways to improve babies’ nutrition.
News from Chad
The delayed effects of the 2016 El Niño warming phenomenon are now settling in worldwide. Prolonged droughts, worsened by conflict and severe food shortages, are affecting as many as 70 million people throughout central, east, and southern Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Asia.
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