Farchana refugee camp in eastern Chad measures 1.7 square kilometres, about the size of 19 football pitches. It is in this semi-arid area where 28 200 Sudanese refugees live, where poverty and underdevelopment are the norm and opportunities for work are few.
In Farchana camp, the European Commission's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) funds UNHCR and the World Lutheran Foundation to provide vocational training to refugees and the local community, among other interventions in support of alternative livelihoods. The aim is to empower refugees so that they can have a livelihood and an income. The programme offers a variety of training courses on woodwork, masonry, electricity, mechanics, soap making, agricultural and livestock, plumbing, and sewing.
Story by Isabel Coello, regional information officer for North, West and Central Africa