Crossing the hunger gap
Every year the people of Hillé Bar village in Chad face a hunger gap. It starts when their
food supplies run out and ends, months later, when a new harvest is ready.
How do they survive? Well, it's not easy...
Join them on the journey
In the past, Yasmin and her family have stolen seeds from ants' nests to survive.
One of Yasmin's sisters died in a recent hunger gap.
Without support, it could be Yasmin's turn this year.
For now they need food aid, until they are back on their feet.
Sowing in vain?
Tearfund is here, working with the local church to prevent starvation.
With your support we could provide Hillé Bar with a fresh batch of seed to plant.
But if they plant too early, birds will eat the precious seed.
And if they wait for the rains, it will be too late to plant.
The annual rains arrive and crops begin to grow. But the harvest isn't safe yet. There have
been dangerous changes to the climate across Africa.
Temperatures in Hillé Bar can reach 50°C now. If crops die, the topsoil can just dry out and blow away.
Water of life
There is, thank God, an answer.
With your help, precious rainwater could be saved to irrigate the land. It could also
be channeled to supply water for a nursery. The local church is ready to start work.
The parched land could spring back to life. Back from the brink...
First from the nursery, then from the newly irrigated fields. There could be seed to plant and food to close next
year's hunger gap.
With food in their bowls, the village can plan for the future.
A future with livestock, sanitation and education for their children.
With your help the children of Hillé Bar could live and dream.
Give now and Yasmin’s bowl could be full – along with her future