Darfur women in white proudly display saplings in recycled juice containers

Ecological Restoration

The Program:

The Ecological Restoration Program was designed to work in tandem with the 7,000 Safe Stoves for Darfur Refugee Mothers Program. Darfur Women Network provides three trees to each family who receives a Safe Stove through our 7,000 Safe Stoves Program. Encouraging ecological restoration not only creates a thriving ecosystem, but also enhances agricultural stability and healthier livestock.

The Challenge:

The biggest ecological challenge in Chad and surrounding regions is desertification. What is desertification and what causes it? Desertification is a type of land degradation in which an already dry land region becomes even increasingly arid, typically losing bodies of water as well as vegetation and wildlife. It is caused by a variety of factors, such as climate change and human activities. In addition to the extreme heat and high winds in the stifling desert of Chad, high firewood consumption has led to rapid deforestation in the area immediately in and surrounding the camp. The constant drain has an impact on the agriculture, scarcity of local building materials, shelter and pasture for livestock.

What We Can Do To Make This Happen:

Firewood is a primary resource in Darfur refugee camps for cooking, building and cleaning. Darfur Women Network developed a more efficient stove locally referred to as a ‘Mud Stove’ which requires less firewood and can be crafted within the camps by refugee women using local materials. By supporting our Safe Stoves program, you’re not only providing refugee mothers with income generating opportunities, safer and more efficient cooking options, but also helping the ecological restoration in Chad. Because, we believe a healthy ecosystem and that we hold the responsibility of caring for our beautiful planet, DWN has also launched additional campaigns to plant 1,000 trees inside and around the camp to decrease ecological depletion.

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