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Humanitarian aid to conflict affected communities in CAR

In this humanitarian response in the Central African Republic ICCO collaborates with ACT Alliance member the Lutheran World Federation. This program contributes to building stronger and more resilient communities through the reduction of food insecurity of 1010 households and malnutrition among 6000 school-attending children and enhancing social cohesion in Nana Mambéré & Ouham Pendé provinces through sensitisation of 10.000 community members.

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Background

Central African Republic (CAR), a country that suffers from a complex crisis that started when in December 2012 armed factions overthrew the government, leading to counterattacks and outbreak of violence which plunged the country into a massive humanitarian disaster. Currently, after more than three years of conflict, an estimated 2,3 million people or half of the population are in need of humanitarian assistance.

The program contributes to building stronger and more resilient communities through the reduction of food insecurity and malnutrition in school-attending children and enhancing social cohesion in Nana Mambéré and Ouham Pendé provinces.

Activities include:
- Nutrition: distribute highly nutritive and supplementary feeding to children at schools, Training for teachers, and awareness raising sessions with school students and the communities
- Food Security: Set up functioning community gardens with rain harvesting and irrigation systems, fencing, and gardening tools, distribute seeds, compost kits, and train community gardeners
- Protection: awareness raising events, radio shows, train teachers and young men&women on peace building, human rights and conflict resolution

The program will aim to reach 10.000 beneficiaries, of which 6000 children since many activities will be implemented through 12 targeted schools.

The program is a continuation of a similar program implemented till May 2016. LWF has been active in CAR since mid 2013. They work closely together with local NGOs, including the humanitarian branch of the Lutheran Church of Bouar (OSEEL-RCA).
The program will be funded by a contribution from Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA), as well as by a contribution from our own Kerk in Actie funds. ICCO is one of the 7 Dutch organisations that receives funding through the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) for the so-called CAR Joint Response 2 program. Cordaid is the lead of this program in CAR.
Humanitarian aid to conflict affected communities in CAR

Target group

- Female headed households
- Malnourished children
Based on initial needs assessments estimates are that 30% of the target group will be host communities affected by the crisis and violence, 30% will be IDPs hosted in the communities and 40% will be returnees.
The selection criteria to identify those beneficiaries most in need is based on highest level of vulnerability and consideration is given to: female headed households, children under 5, malnourished children, and whether or not the households have other means of survival or is being supported by other actors.
The focus on gender within the project is paramount. LWF uses the principles and guidelines laid down in the ACT Alliance gender policy, thereby making sure women participation is ensured in planning, implementation, and monitoring. Gender issues and the key role of women in peace building and social cohesion will be presented and included in the awareness campaigns. Issues related to gender and sexual based violence will also be addressed in awareness campaigns and teachers’ training.

Sustainability

ACT Alliance core policy is that when a member operates internationally it should work through and with local ACT Alliance members when present. In CAR there is no formal local ACT Alliance member, however, collaborations with the humanitarian branch of the Lutheran Church of CAR (OSEEL-RCA) are taking place for this project. Apart from that, local capacity building and engagement of local communities and beneficiaries are key aspects of LWF’s methodology and approach. There will be trainings of teachers on social cohesion, peace building and conflict management, training and support of community cooks and garden keepers, as well as training and mentoring of youth ambassadors. These trainings will aim a creating structures and capacities that can continue after the end of the project. Active engagement of beneficiaries in all stages of the program, ensures their commitment, thereby automatically ensuring a sustainability (LRRD) focus in the program.

Goals overview

Overall objective: To contribute to building stronger and more resilient communities through the reduction of food insecurity and malnutrition in school-attending children and enhancing social cohesion in Nana Mambéré and Ouham Pendé
Objective 1: 10.000 Community members are sensitized on social cohesion & peace building (protection)
Objective 2: Restore the livelihoods of 1010 households (6060 persons) by ensuring access to productive assets and increase their resilience
Objective 3: increased nutrition status for 6000 targeted children