Period covered by this Final Report:19 December 2011 to 15 April 2013;
Appeal target (current): CHF 2,239,273
Appeal coverage: 93%;
· Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 231,613 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 20 December 2011 to support the Red Cross of Chad (RCC) with food distribution to malnourished children and their families in the region of Kanem.
· This Emergency Appeal was launched on 25 February 2012 for CHF 2,239,273 to assist 123,000 beneficiaries in Lac and Kanem regions, for 12 months.
· An operations update n° 1 was issued on 25 May 2012 to provide an update on the progress of the response operation.
· A 6-months summary update was published on 16 November 2012 informing on the blanket feeding distributions, general food distributions as well as seeds distribution.
· An operations update n° 2 was published on 18 February 2013, reporting on progress between October 2012 to February 2013 and announced a 45 days’ timeframe extension to allow for monitoring of the distribution of materials consisting of motor-pumps for the irrigation facilities in marshland areas along with the drilling of wells and the distribution of agricultural tools and food processing millet grinders already pre–positioned in the field.
Summary: Despite the early DREF allocation followed by the launch of the Emergency Appeal there were some operational delays which picked-up with the arrival in Chad of international staff. The operation kicked off with the training of 108 volunteers in three regions instead of the two regions of Lac and Kanem as was originally planned in the appeal. Following a field level agreement with WFP, the additional region of Hadjar Lamis was added as a priority in terms of food assistance. Following the training, the volunteers began with beneficiary screening in Hadjar Lamis for signs of malnutrition among women and children, immediately followed by distributions that took place on time before the start of the rainy season that can cut-off the region from being accessible by road. In the region of Lac, the activities focused on screening and the distribution of blanket feeding, followed by a general food distribution in vulnerable villages of Kanem.
The overall emergency appeal objectives were reached through the provision of food assistance, distribution of agricultural materials and the construction of water points fitted with water pumps. The partnership with WFP allowed the operations to reach a larger number of beneficiaries than was originally planned at the start of the operation and covered the cost food, transportation and distributions as well as the training costs of volunteers.