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Bahr el Gazel Board of Directors Development Education Center Hadjer Hadid Markas al Nour N'Djamena Ouaddai

2020 Annual Report

This report gives details about the work our association did in 2020. All the reports are in French.

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Conclusion

2020 had plenty of success and challenges. The biggest challenge was the financial crisis which forced the closure of our Markas al Nour education center. Nonetheless, the center reopened its doors in order to keep offering high quality instruction. Our activities in Moussoro and Hadjer Hadid were slowed down by covid-19, but were still able to adapt and continue. We will continue working together on our common objectives in education and development in 2021.

Here are the number of beneficiaries from our activities in 2020:

ProjectBeneficiaries
Markas al Nour – N’Djamena288
Education classes – Moussoro203
Animal health videos – Moussoro120
Water, health, and mapping – Hadjer Hadid3800
Sewing and distributing masks – Hadjer Hadid800
Health and cultural videos – Hadjer Hadid100
Total5311

We would like to thank all those who helped us continue advancing our goals.

The Secretary General for Service au Sahel

N’Djamena

22 April 2021

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Big demand for computer classes during school vacation

A record 26 students signed up got the latest computer training course, most of the youth on their summer holiday from school.

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Opening ceremony for a computer training in the Bahr el Gazel

Service au Sahel Tchad, working with the Provincial representative of the Ministry of Youth and Sport in the Bahr el Gazel, launched a one-week computer training class for the young people involved in different associations.

The ceremony took place at the House of Culture in Moussoro. This video was taken by the National Office of Audiovisual Media (ONAMA) et published during the evening news on 20 July 2020.

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Abeche Bahr el Gazel Board of Directors Development Education Center Hadjer Hadid Health Markas al Nour N'Djamena Ouaddai

2019 Annual Report

This report summarizes all the work that the association has done in 2019. All the reports are in French.

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Conclusion

2019 was a difficult year for the association. Even with many successes, the general financial climate in Chad slowed down several of our projects. Nonetheless, our work in education and development impacted thousands of people:

ProjetBénéficiaires
Markas al Nour818
Cours décentralisés49
Markaz Attafahum13
Projets de Développement – Hadjer Hadid516
Projets de Développement – Moussoro1075
Total2471

We would like to thank all those who helped us continue advancing our goals.

The Secretary General for Service au Sahel

N’Djamena

11 July, 2020

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Animal Health Videos

In January 2020 the association, in partnership with the regional federation of animal farmers from the Bahr el Gazel, and with the technical support of the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, gave a training on animal health.

The videos are available on the following Youtube playlist:

The videos were done in the local language, Dazaga, also called Goran.

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Computer classes in Moussoro

A new level 1 computer class took place between December 2019 and January 2020, focusing on Microsoft Word. The following video shows what the class was like and the students’ reactions to what they have learned.

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Dental Health Training and Clinic in the Bahr el Gazel

A dental health training and clinic was held at the provincial hospital in Moussoro, Bahr el Gazel from November 1 – 8.

The training started with two days of theory: the anatomy of teeth and gums and nerves along with the uses of explorers and forceps and elevators. After learning the theory, seven local men began seeing their first patients.

Anatomy of gums

Their first attempts took a long time: some teeth broke partially as they learned how much force to apply and how best to gain leverage. As the week went on, they increased in skill and confidence. By mid-week, they were needing tools faster than they could be sterilized, and had to slow down. By the end of the week the men had gotten into a rhythm and could skillfully extract even the most stubborn molars.

We were slightly worried about having enough patients during the week because the local radio station wasn’t working and so we didn’t have an easy way to publicize what we were doing. But we needn’t have been worried—good news travels fast and we had more patients by the end of the week than we had time to treat.

At the end of the week we held a ceremony to give out certificates to the seven men who had completed the training. Dental instruments were given either to one man or to pairs of men who were working in the same place. During that ceremony, the representative of the Health Minister said the following:

“Having trained dental personnel in Moussoro is like ‘taking a big thorn’ out of the flesh of the people of Moussoro.”

Representative of the Health Minister

And the initial feedback we’ve gotten has confirmed this. One doctor who was trained called to say “thank you thank you thank you”. “I’ve just arrived and the people of Michemire [105km west of Moussoro] are so thankful that I can pull teeth. Before they used to have to travel for help.” Finally, a friend of mine overheard someone saying “the international NGOs who are here are very busy but we don’t know what they’re doing all the time. You guys have done something concrete by helping pull our rotten teeth.”

Image of the trainees, along with partners from the hospital and the region
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News from the Bahr el Gazel

Service au Sahel is working hard in the Bahr el Gazel.  Here is the latest news:

Classes

During summer vacation, we are pleased to offer several classes to local students.  We finished one English class and have a new one started.  A computer class has also started.

Previous English course

Rakiss et Bill teaching the current English course

Development

In addition, Service au Sahel was able to offer a well to a village 20km away from Moussoro.

Hand pump well 20km away from Moussoro

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Moussoro Map

Moussoro is a town of about 50,000 people on the edge of the Sahara desert.  Service au Sahel has taught computer classes in Moussoro since 2010 through a partnership with a local association.  While teaching those computer classes, one of Service au Sahel’s teachers found out that there was no accessible map of the city of Moussoro.

So with the help of his computer students, they made this map of Moussoro with the neighborhoods roughly in the right spot.

moussoro-map

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Ceremony for Computer and English Classes

Eight people finished a 40-hour computer course covering the following subjects:

  • Introduction to computing
  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Word processing with Microsoft Word 2013
  • Spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel 2013

The latest computer class
The latest computer class

Three people finished a 30 hour English course based on the “Oxford New Headway Plus Beginner” curriculum.  The course focused on listening, writing, speaking, and reading.

The first English class with Rakiss and Tammy
The first English class with teachers Rakiss and Tammy