Two wars have torn through Chechnya since the 1990s.
The wars destroyed the country’s economy, job market and infrastructure – leaving a population impoverished and 150,000 people homeless and internally displaced.
Unemployment is extremely high, with some estimates placing it as high as 85%. Many families still don’t have permanent homes, having lost them during the conflict, unable to afford to rebuild them. They live in governmental Temporary Accommodation Centres, lacking basic food, medication, water and sanitation. Winters are harsh and freezing and, to make matters worse, they are in constant fear of activating one of the estimated 500,000 landmines buried throughout Chechnya.
We began work in response to the conflict in 1995, providing food, clean water, shelter and medical care to refugees. We support orphans through our sponsorship programme, and work with the World Food Programme to provide hot meals for children in school, ensuring they are healthy enough to benefit from their education.
We also focus on long-term development, such as reconstruction of homes and infrastructure, and livelihood programs. With unemployment so high, families just need a chance to start their own small business or get training to find a job themselves, allowing them to support their families.
- Qurbani meat distribution
- Ramadan food package distribution
- Orphan one-to-one sponsorship
- Bakery for Orphans’ Households
- Aimed is to reduce poverty among vulnerable orphans’ families by income generation through setting up a bakery
- Employed at least 9 households raising orphans and created jobs and access to fresh bread for at least 45 people and 300 orphans