On Friday 9 October, the World Food Programme (WFP) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for "for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to...Read more
Since December 2012, Central African Republic has been suffering an unprecedented humanitarian crisis caused by indiscriminate violence against the population, triggered by former Seleka and Anti-Balakas armed groups.
According to OCHA, more than half of the Central African population - 2.9 million out of a total of 4.6 million - depends on humanitarian assistance to survive and about 1.8 million people are in a situation of food insecurity.
Amid such crisis, COOPI protects the most vulnerable: internally displaced people (IDPs), women who survived sexual abuses, communities victims of persecution and ethnic-religious harassment. The priority areas of intervention are food security, education and protection.
To promote food security, COOPI distributes food and seeds, trains farmers and breeders in improved production techniques and approaches community rural development. COOPI builds schools and strengthens the skills of teachers and local authorities through training and sensitization. It provides psychosocial support, guarantees access to mental health to people surviving violence and carries out activities concerning the monitoring of protection, social cohesion and management of different sites of refugees and displaced persons within the country.
COOPI has worked in Central African Republic since 1974 and has never left the country since. Now it works in 7 districts: Bangui, Lobaye, Haute Kotto, Basse Kotto, Haut Mbomou, Ombella M'Poko and Ouaka.