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TitreNewsLetter
N°32 // May 2016

In this newsletter No 32, we give voice to Nilesh Nakarmi, coordinator of the program we are conducting jointly with our Nepalese partner ARSOW. We discuss the presidential elections held in the Central African Republic in February and finally our malnutrition reduction program in Darfur, Sudan.

NEPAL

Nilesh Nakarmi, Project coordinator Triangle Génération Humanitaire-ARSOW on the Kavrepalanchok project, funded by Fondation de France, the agences de l'eau RMC and Adour-Garonne, and the Emergency Funds of Région Auvergne – Rhône-Alpes.

Nilesh Nakarmi

Nilesh Nakarmi
Photo : TGH ©

Since I graduated in Physics, I started to be engaged in volunteer organizations like community based organization and public forums. I finished my Post Graduate in Sociology from Tribhuvan University of Nepal in 2005. During this period of study, I was actively involved in establishing a Youth Based Organization (Kirtipur Volunteer Society) in my hometown. This organization was created in 2005 and its major objective is to create a platform for youth to share their knowledge, skills as well as to learn new things through volunteering in the sector of community development. Later on, I became President of this organization and I learned a lot. I got the chance to associate with various Consultancy, Government Agencies, National and International NGOs.

Three years ago, I started working with Association For Rural Social Welfare Nepal (ARSOW-Nepal) as a Program Coordinator funded by the Poverty Alleviation Fund. The major responsibility of the project was enhancing the socio-economic condition of rural, poor, marginalized and disadvantaged people through community mobilization, income generating activities, capacity development and infrastructure development.

Nepal

Distribution of hygiene kits
Photo : TGH ©

After the devastating earthquakes of April and May 2015 in Nepal, Triangle Generation Humanitaire wanted to start emergency actions to earthquake affected communities of three villages of Kavrepalanchok District in partnership with ARSOW Nepal. After I got the information about this project I applied for the Project Coordinator post since my past experience in the humanitarian sector (especially in Disaster Management) motivated me.

As Project Coordinator, I am in charge of various tasks such as project planning, team management, coordination and involvement of government agencies, meetings, community mobilization, etc. We have to face several challenges in the implementation of the project that makes it interesting. Nepal faced a blockade for almost 5 months, it has made our work difficult and some activities were delayed since there was barely fuel, gas and the prices of construction materials increased or were not always available.

The implemented project is based on the needs expressed by the communities. Therefore, we have brought several changes in the activities planned at the beginning of our intervention to match with the evolving population requirements and to reach a maximum relevance. Involving communities in the design of the project takes times but it allows to set up a participative approach. The flexibility of the donor, who understands the necessity of modifying activities, permits to adapt to our actions and the population sees that we listen to their opinions and feedbacks.

Working with TGH, is very motivational. Plans and procedures adopted in the implementation phase are efficient and appropriate. We are working in a friendly environment where each of us can express his point of view about the project strategy. There is still a lot to do for the affected communities and I hope we can continue our actions. Thanks to TGH/ARSOW program giving me an opportunity to work with these people, with whom I learned a lot.

Nilesh Nakarmi, coordinator in Nepal

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

2016: A hope for a way out of the crisis in the Central African Republic?

Some braved the fear, danger and risk of attacks to go to the polls; they were more than 2 million voters surveyed nationwide in December 2015. On February 14, 2016, the Central African people elected a new president: Faustin Archange Touadéra, with nearly 62% of the vote against 37% for his opponent Anicet-Georges Dologuélé.

Faustin Achange Touadéra

Faustin Achange Touadéra go to the polls for the second round of presidential elections- February 14, 2016 // Photo : TGH ©

This is one of the keys to his victory. Very quickly after the first round of the presidential elections, Faustin-Archange Touadéra managed to win over twenty candidates. He also got the support of the great loser of the first round, Martin Ziguélé and of former Minister Karim Meckassoua.

Nicknamed "the candidate of the people", he will be responsible for rebuilding a country ravaged by three years of unprecedented violence.

Since 2012, the crisis experienced by CAR has had devastating effects on the whole territory: massive population displacements, intercommunal violence cycles and exacerbated banditry. In January 2016, more than 2.35 million people out of nearly 5 million people still needed humanitarian assistance. Especially children in rural areas, who lost more than 2 years of education. 28% of the population lives in a severe state of food insecurity, and only 34% of the rural population has access to protected water points.

In May 2015, a significant improvement had helped secure the return of almost 200,185 displaced people in their home areas, but the violence that occurred in September and October of that same year confirmed the extreme volatility of the situation, with new registered displacements, particularly towards sites that were entering their closing phase.

Campagne sensibilisation RCA Bambari

Awareness-raising session on good hygiene practices in the IDP camp PK8 - Bambari // Photo : TGH ©

As it started in a tense and uncertain climate, the constitutional referendum of December 13, 2015 helped initiate the political process and marked the end of the transitional government. Despite logistical and security constraints, and with the support of international military forces deployed in the country, the two rounds of the presidential elections were held in a peaceful atmosphere and without major incidents. The first round of the legislative elections, however, was canceled by the Constitutional Court.

Parliamentary elections and the final results by the National Authority for Elections will end the completion of the political transition process, a driving force for revitalization, essential for country recovery and a real way out of the crisis.

Campagne sensibilisation RCA Bambari

Awareness-raising session on good hygiene practices in the IDP camp PK8 - Bambari // Photo : TGH ©

For the year 2016, TGH will continue to support people in need of immediate assistance in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Food Security, as it is the case in the Ouaka Prefecture, where more than 79, 000 people live in IDP camps, and where 18,000 people are accommodated in host families.

In the Vakaga and in Bangui, the NGO wishes to continue its efforts in the Education/ Protection and Food Security sectors, through projects submitted to the Interministerial Committee for Food Aid (CIAA), the Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) or the French Development Agency (AFD).

Camille Attias, Assistant Head of Mission in CAR

SUDAN

Towards the reduction of malnutrition among people at risk in vulnerable communities in Darfur

Distribution of agricultural inputs, city of Geneina

Distribution of agricultural inputs, city of Geneina
Photo : TGH ©

TGH has been present and operational in Sudan since 2004. Since the NGO settled in Darfur, it has been implementing projects in the Water, Hygiene and Sanitation sector, as well as in Food Security and Rural Development. Agriculture is still the main food and/ or income generating activity in the region. However in recent years, climatic events and/ or anthropogenic conflicts contributed to impact farmers’ activity.

The following project, conducted by TGH from May 2015 to February 2016, supported the displaced and host populations living in Central Darfur (cities of Bindizi, Mukjar and Um Dukhun) and in West Darfur (city of Geneina). It was based on a survey conducted by TGH in October 2014, highlighting improved food security thanks to favorable external factors but also to operative choices such as the diversification efforts made by TGH favoring non-cereal rainfed crops (vegetables, peanuts) or short cycle cereal species. These choices have led to an increase in agricultural production, enabling both self-consumption and an increase in household income through crop sales. With this project, TGH continued to promote long-term food security in the target areas. It received support from the Interministerial Committee for Food Aid (CIAA), used as follows:

  • The constitution of safety nets during the lean period, in order to limit the impact of rising food prices and the lack of family stocks on the nutritional status of target households. TGH thus organized direct distributions of foodstuffs covering the most difficult time during the lean period (2 months). It was combined with awareness-raising sessions on Key Family Practices in Bindizi, where Triangle G H is the only organization conducting this type of awareness-raising activities aimed at promoting daily practices that help prevent malnutrition.
Distribution of food aid to malnourished households, cities of Bindizi/ Um Dukhun

Distribution of food aid to malnourished households, cities of Bindizi/ Um Dukhun // Photo : TGH ©

  • Strengthening the productive capacities of the families targeted, in order to act on the causes of the food insecurity and malnutrition affecting them. In order to reduce recurring (severe and moderate) malnutrition cases among children under 2 and pregnant and lactating women, and to help strengthen their production capacity, households benefited from a distribution of agricultural seeds adapted to their needs and abilities. To complement these distributions, the families received seed quantities exceeding those provided by TGH, under other programs with a more general aim, for self-consumption (millet, sorghum) and the production of cash crops (peanut, sesame). This enabled them to cover their food needs for a period of at least 3 months, which is longer than the critical lean season.

Juliette ADOLPHE, Assistant Desk Officer Algeria, Iraqi Kurdistan, Sudan

In Brief…

  • February 23rd, 2016:
    Participation of Christian Lombard and Patrick Verbruggen in the 3rd Conférence Nationale Humanitaire in Paris.
  • March 5th – 7th, 2016:
    Visit of M. Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the UN in the Sahrawi refugee camps.
  • March 21rd – 23rd, 2016:
    TGH is present at the Dubaï International Humanitarian Aid & Development, Conference & Exhibition (DIHAD), one of the major events for actors of humanitarian aid. It brings together key government and non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, universities, companies and innovative foundations in the humanitarian field.
  • March 25th 2016:
    A year after the earthquake in Nepal, TGH is still on the field involving its businesses and multiple skills. Press Release

For more information about our projects, see Programmes on TGH's website.