Central African Republic
Central African Republic (CAR) is surrounded on all sides by conflict-affected countries. The wars and insecurity in neighbouring D.R. Congo, Sudan and Chad have all spilt over the porous borders into CAR.
The country and its conflict don’t attract much interest from the media or governments and so it’s hard to find funding to work there. The UN has described the situation in CAR as the 'world's most silent crisis'.
The need is dire though as it ranks as one of the least developed countries in the world and has some of the lowest income and school attendance rates. The coup by the Seleka rebel group in December 2012 threw the country into further turmoil, and the entire population of the country (4.6 million people) is affected. Over 200,000 families have been forced to flee their homes, and over 60,000 children and families are suffering from severe food shortages.
What we're doing
Empowering Girls and Young Women
We're training girls in the remote south-east region in vocational skills like basketry and agriculture so they can earn an independent living. Most never went to school, or had to drop out because of conflict or poverty. We're also providing them with grants so they can set up small businesses for themselves.
Helping children back into school
Most schools in the region lack even the most basic of facilities and equipment. We're providing some of them with basic teaching materials and giving the students the books and bags they need. We're also training teachers in child protection so they can learn to identify and help vulnerable students.
Helped street children in Bangui
We recently supported the only Drop-In Centre in the capital Bangui that serves the city's 3,000 street children. We provided food and health supplies to meet the children's basic needs, and helped get some of them back into formal education.