Finally, I can feed my children!

Finally, I can feed my children!

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July 24, 2020

When Dijas Nasran, a father of five, fled from the Nuba mountains of Sudan to neighbouring South Sudan, he did not imagine a good life was possible for his family in a refugee camp. “I was worried about how my family would survive, he said.” 40-year-old Dijas once owned acres of farmland in his country but when the conflict intensified, he feared for his family’s safety and fled. When they arrived, World Vision provided monthly food rations and cash assistance to them, supported by the World Food Programme. In addition, World Vision supplied farm tools and seeds to grow vegetables, clean water, education for the children and health services.

Dijas is proud and all smiles as he shows the vegetables he has grown in his garden. The garden is not only providing them with income; it also supplies the family with healthy food.

“We have everything we need and my family is happy because not only do we receive assistance but also we have access to markets where I can sell my produce. “I produce vegetables like onions, tomatoes, okra, and watermelon,” Dijas said. “I sell most of them in the market and keep some for home consumption.” Hellen, Dijas’s wife, helps him on the farm. “My husband and I go to the farm every morning when our children are in school. We are always excited to know that even if the food assistance were to stop, we can feed our children and still earn income from our produce,” Hellen added.

Hellen is very supportive of her husband's gardening work seeing the positive results in the family's well-being.

Dijas said World Vision supported over 1,000 families with seeds, work tools, and pesticides after completing the training in partnership with UNHCR. Fortunately, the host community has been very supportive of providing the refugees access to farmlands and markets. They also benefit from the products and services given to the refugees. Makpandu Refugee Camp continues to receive refugees despite the risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. A trained team screens new arrivals and ensures that they follow the 14-day-quarantine. Justin Elia, World Vision’s Project Manager added: “World Vision’s experience with Ebola prepared us how to efficiently respond to the COVID-19 using almost the same precautionary measures and equipment.”

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Afghanistan

One in three

Afghani girls are married before they turn 18.

More than 10%

of registered refugees in the world today are from Afghanistan

Afghanistan is a primarily agricultural country in Central Asia, producing some of the world's best pomegranates, grapes and sweet melons. The country has been in an ongoing conflict with the Taliban since 2001, a radical political group that has waged all out war against the government and taken control of many parts of the country.

In Afghanistan our projects focus on community building programmes. Their success relies heavily on collaboration with local community and faith leaders. Sensitively administered with respect for local culture and beliefs the programme currently facilitates community awareness sessions for men regarding child marriage and rights of women. We are also providing sessions for women and girls, to ensure they know their worth, feel safe in their community and understand their rights in relation to violence against women and child marriage.

  • In Taliban-occupied areas, the education or employment of women is prohibited
  • Hundreds of thousands of innocent have been killed in the ongoing conflict, and cities have been left in ruins
  • The country experienced a devastating drought in 2019 which destroyed all the crops and 60% of the livestock in Western Afghanistan. The drought drove over 250,000 people from their homes to seek aid, but even the humanitarian camps they came to have run out of food by now. Many parents consider selling their daughters into early marriage to feed the family