ENVODEV responding to the Chadian plea.
When ENVODEV was established in Chad last year, local authorities in Mbaikoro and Mbaibokoum welcomed our projects as great news. When we explained our intentions regarding sanitation (composting project) and energy (eco-charcoal), they urged us to succeed and to get Chadians working on these projects as soon as possible.
During my last visit to Chad, after our team worked with the team in Doba, Mr. Emmanuel Nadingar (the Prime Minister of Chad), came with the Environmental Advisor to the Prime Minister along with Mrs. Toupta Bougena (Minister of Health) to learn more about our eco-charcoal. They met with Mark Heath and Philomène, and actually had a meal cooked on our own eco-charcoal as they learned about the fabrication process. In Moundou, I met with a delegate of the Ministry of Community Care, and explained the health and environmental impacts of our charcoal and compost projects. These encounters are a big step forward for ENVODEV. Chad is difficult country to penetrate and the hardest phase for any organization is simply to start.
ENVODEV has received unanimous support from the Minister of Health and from the Prime Minister of the country. We are strongly encouraged to develop these projects as the government is soon going to crack down even harder on wood consumption in Chad.
Local authorities´ role in projects
As ENVODEV continues to promote its projects, local authorities have committed to facilitating our efforts as much as possible. Last year, after talking to the local representative of the state in Mbaikoro, the prefecture immediately gave ENVODEV a large piece of land to develop our activities. Authorities in Moundou, Doba, and Mbaibokoum have expressed their intent on assisting the progress of our projects in similar ways.
Yanice with Ambassador of France to Chad
Yanice will be meeting with the Ambassador of France to Chad today at 5 P.M. (local time) to present ENVODEV´s projects. The ambassador has heard of ENVODEV and would like to understand the nature of the projects. We are encouraged by the interest shown by the French authorities.
Momentum is growing and Chadians at all levels are bringing their support. As the need for our projects to grow becomes all the more urgent, we need your support more than ever. Consider making a donation, and take part in projects that reach some of the most disenfranchised people in the world.
David P. DeArmey