This July, Doneck made a concerted decision to sign a new, individual cooperation agreement with CARE Luxembourg to continue its international and social commitment in a consistent manner and to help the people in Africa.
Chad is one of the world's most underdeveloped countries (187th of 189 countries). Apart from climate and environmental pressures such as drought, sandstorms and floods, there are also shortages and increases in the price of food due to the global political situation.
Frédéric Haupert, Director of CARE Luxembourg, gave Rita Knippel and Arndt Breitbach an impressive account of the situation in Chad and described the current problems of the people. That is where this project to improve the family's nutrition came from. In the Wadi Fira region, CARE has already successfully worked with acutely malnourished children last year and significantly improved their situation.
"We can look back on a long partnership with Doneck. In the first project in 2016, two maternity hospitals in Niger were connected to drinking water pipes. It was a great moment for the people when they needed no longer to fetch water from the well, but it came out of the tap. Especially when a child is born, access to clean water can protect mothers and new-born babies from infections and other life-threatening diseases. This success developed into personal and regular discussions between our organisation and Doneck. I am looking forward to the new cooperation." Frédéric Haupert, Director, CARE Luxembourg.
The strategy: to adapt agriculture in the Wadi Fira region to the current and future climatic conditions. In Chad, 60% of the African population work in agriculture. Specifically, this means that CARE will hold training courses with local employees in which 300 women and men will learn how to cultivate their fields successfully. They adapt to the new conditions with reduced water consumption and without the use of pesticides. They learn how to ensure the shelf life of the harvested food. That helps to preserve the products and market them better. Higher-quality appliances and machines for facilitating agricultural work round off the aid package.
"With this project we are not only helping the 300 women and men, but also directly their families, so that the children are permanently protected against malnutrition. The learning effects for securing nutrition also extend far beyond the families and thus improve the situation of the people in the region's villages and communities. We want to show solidarity with these people, especially now in these difficult times", said Arndt Breitbach, Managing Director of Doneck Network, commenting on this step.
The Doneck employees are integrated and informed in the communication and beyond. This cooperation is funded by CARE Luxembourg, Doneck and the Luxembourgian Foreign Ministry.
Photo: CARE Luxembourg