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Haoua Abdoulay, 40 years old, has been living in Kaya village for 13 months. She and her family of six were displaced from their home village after Boko Haram launched violent attacks.

To reach Kaya village, Haoua and her family traveled by night for 5 evenings.

"The community welcomed me very well and helped me build my house. They have me mats, reeds for a fence, and provided labor to build my home. Compared to my former home, I have more security, but in terms of food, I was better at home," she says.

Haoua will be participating in a food fair organized by Catholic Relief Services and local partner SECADEV. She says, "Everyone has a choice, and I hope this will change my situation."


The "Food Security and Resilience in the Lake region” project seeks to improve the food security situation of more than 1,000 of the most vulnerable households in the Kaya, Mamdi, and Fouli Departments in the Lac Region near Lake Chad. With this project, CRS and our local partners SECADEV will organize a food fair, where beneficiaries receive vouchers to choose non-perishable food items from 27 different vendors. The project will also distribute corn seeds to 400 people and fishing equipment to 250 people, which aims to help improve livelihoods over the long-term.