As part of their common missions, including those of intervening in the food and nutritional security, water, hygiene and sanitation sectors, as well as in income-generating activities, the consortium NGOs WHH (Welt Hunger Hilfe) and Help (Hilfz zur Sebelsthilfe), launched on June 16 in Torodi an emergency support project for displaced populations and host families in the said locality.
This project financed by Start Fund-Start Network, to the tune of nearly 170 million FCFA, for a period of 45 days, intends to reach 8,525 displaced persons and 250 host families in the field of food and nutritional security, water, hygiene and sanitation. The launching ceremony of the project was chaired by the Secretary General of the prefecture Mr. Ibrahima Djibo in the presence in particular of the 1st vice-president of the town hall, Mr. Souleymane ISSA; the WHH Niger project manager, Mr. Komla Gagnon MASSEME-KOUVODOU; HELP project manager, Mr. Harou HABOUBACAR.
The “Emergency Support for Displaced Populations and Host Families in Torodi” Project fits in well with WHH’s mission, whose target is the vulnerable population victim of food crisis and conflict, including the families of reception, refugees, returnees or internally displaced persons.
Since the beginning of May 2022, the municipalities of Torodi and Makalondi have respectively received 8,525 internally displaced people from several surrounding villages, recalled Mr. Komla Gagnon MASSEME-KOUVODOU, WHH Niger project manager. “These displacements have generated significant multi-sectoral needs, the most urgent of which are: shelter, food, water supply, health and protection,” said Mr. Komla Gagnon.
MASSEME-KOUVODOU. These movements, he explained, are taking place in a context of food insecurity with a cereal deficit linked to the previous bad agricultural season, but also during the lean season and on the eve of the 2022 rainy season. This situation would exacerbate the vulnerabilities of the population of the department, which is mainly made up of farmers and breeders, hence a probable increase in the needs for humanitarian assistance,” said Mr. Komla Gagnon MASSEME-KOUVODOU. In order to support the displaced persons numbering 8,525 and 250 host families, continued the Head of the project, the consortium of German NGOs WHH and Help, initiated and launched the implementation of the project ”Emergency support for displaced populations and host families in Torodi”.
Speaking in turn, the Secretary General of the prefecture of Torodi, Mr. Ibrahima Djibo, noted that in recent years, the area has been exposed to various shocks and faces chronic factors of vulnerability whose main consequences are manifested in through food and nutrition insecurity. He added that in addition to the various climatic shocks, there are the effects of insecurity resulting in the displacement of populations. “Forced population movements have intensified in the first 5 months of 2022, due to the escalation of violence by non-state armed groups (NSAGs), which are attacking civilians and security forces”, specified Mr. Ibrahima Djibo. This project, he said, comes at the right time to ensure economic stability, the well-being and reduction of the vulnerability of displaced populations and their host families in the face of climatic shocks and insecurity. After thanking the consortium of NGOs WHH (Welt Hunger Hilfe) and Help (Hilfz zur Sebelsthilfe), on behalf of the national authorities and the populations of his commune, the Secretary General of the prefecture of Torodi, reassured that their services are committed to accompany these partners so that they can better accomplish their mission, for the benefit of the population of Torodi.
An international German NGO created in 1962, WHH-Welthungerhilfe currently helps vulnerable populations in 36 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Present in West Africa since 1968, WHH began its operations in Niger in 2005 and opened a permanent representation there in 2012. WHH acts according to the Nexus-Emergency-Development-Peace approach with four priority areas of intervention, in particular food security sensitive to climate change; nutrition-health; water, hygiene and sanitation; economic development. There are also transversal axes such as social cohesion; genre ; risk and disaster reduction.