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Better Water, Farms in South Darfur

09 October 2006

Through UMCOR Sudan's new program, nearly 250,000 people in Darfur will have better access to water and sanitation.
Paul Jeffrey/UMCOR

Through UMCOR Sudan's new program, nearly 250,000 people in Darfur will have better access to water and sanitation.
Paul Jeffrey/UMCOR.

NEW YORK, Oct. 9, 2006—UMCOR Sudan is expanding its work serving the people of South Darfur, Sudan, through a new $1 million grant from USAID/OFDA. The program will improve access to water and sanitation and increase food security for displaced people living in camps as well as the surrounding communities of Adilla and Al Daein.

Through this program nearly 250,000 people will have better access to water and sanitation. UMCOR Sudan will work with communities to reestablish and expand existing water systems. New latrines will improve the sanitation in these areas that have an ever-increasing population of people seeking safety in the camps. To ensure this work will continue UMCOR Sudan is training community caretakers and committees to maintain the improved water and sanitation systems so they will be in place for years to come.

UMCOR will also assist 3,600 farmers. Women and men are taking part in this innovative program that will provide farmers with training in new agriculture techniques to help them improve their yields. The farmers will also receive tools to help them in their work. UMCOR Sudan is also establishing farmer groups among participants. These groups will provide support for one another in their fields and at the market. In all 18,000 people will be impacted by this program that promises to increase the production of farmers, provide better food security, and an income for displaced people.

How You Can Help

UMCOR began working in Sudan in 2005 to provide assistance to displaced people living in camps and the communities who host them. UMCOR also helps displaced people find their way home to return to peaceful farming or work. Cash gifts support these life-giving programs. You can give to UMCOR Advance #184385, Sudan Emergency. Checks may be mailed to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10187. One hundred percent of your gift will support UMCOR’s work in Sudan. The United Methodist Committee on Relief is a 501(c)(3) charity and all contributions are fully tax deductible.