Yaya's children are mostly too young to remember the day their village was attacked. At the height of the Darfur war, violence spilled over the border from Sudan. Armed men on horseback lit fire to homes and crops, and killed anyone in their path. Families fled for their lives into the bush.
They don't know how many people died that day. They lost everything, and had no choice but to take refuge in a camp for homeless families. This is where they've lived since the attacks — in a tent with little food and water, and no source of income.
Just last year, families began returning to their home village in the Sahel region of eastern Chad. They're starting over with nothing.
As a father, Yaya dreams of a better future — one in which his village can thrive on its own… a time when they no longer have to worry about where their next meal will come from, or if drought will destroy their crops.
He feels responsible to provide food for his family, but the food they returned home with is gone. The seeds are gone. The land is desolate.
With training, tools, and seeds, Yaya and other farmers can grow enough food to last their families through the year.
Achta and other moms in her village spend several hours a day collecting dirty water from a muddy stream that's shared with animals. With a source of clean water nearby, Achta could spend more time caring for her family and growing vegetables for income — the things that matter most.
“The water here is dirty. Cows drink from it too. Many people have been sick from the water.”
She is thankful her children are healthy for now… But Achta has seen many mothers in her village grieve the loss of a child to malnutrition or preventable diseases, like diarrhea, malaria, and typhoid.
Achta worries about her children, and what will happen when they do get sick. The threat of disease lurks in her mind nearly every day.
She feels alone, and wonders if things will ever get better…
Achta and Yaya are thankful to be home. Their hope lies in rebuilding their village, their farm, and their income. But without support or assistance of any kind, Yaya struggles to stay positive about the future. He knows they don't have any place else to go.
“Even if life is hard here, we are working to farm and hope to have food. We will just stay and see what God will do.”
Achta and Yaya's children have never been to school. Some of the older children from their village attended a few classes in the camp, but they've quickly forgotten basic skills like reading and writing.
Yaya knows that education is the key to a better future for his children.
You can help change Achta's and Yaya's future, and the future of their children's generation. You can do something lasting, meaningful, life-changing.
“I would like to go to school.”
— Mariam, age 11
You may not be able to change the whole world, but you can see one life, one family, one village transformed.