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The Republic of Chad has been producing oil since 2003 and is rich in gold and uranium. However, a combination of corruption, conflict and illiteracy have all added to the nation’s continued poverty.

More than half of Chad is desert and increasing desertification due to climate change is a constant concern. Most of the population struggles to access enough food.

Tensions between the mainly Arab-Muslim north and the Christian/animist south have created instability and conflict. The government has faced regular attempted coups and insurgencies, which resulted in the killing of the president in early 2021. Protests, violence and civil unrest continue.

In addition, an influx of refugees from neighbouring Sudan, Libya, Central African Republic and Nigeria has put pressure on already limited resources.

Our work in Chad

As part of Tearfund’s overall vision for church and community transformation, we aim to help transform life for one million people in Chad – physically, materially, socially and spiritually – by 2023.

Currently, Tearfund works with six partner organisations in Chad, strengthening the capacity of thousands of local churches to meet the needs of their communities. This includes increasing food production through improved farming techniques; providing literacy training; and supporting individuals to start small businesses and other income-generating activities.

We believe the church has a key role to play in reducing the stigma associated with HIV in Chad. Tearfund’s HIV programme in the country focuses on encouraging local churches to facilitate counselling and testing.

We work with our local partners to provide water, sanitation and hygiene training to prevent the spread of disease. We are also working to reduce waterborne diseases by establishing water facilities such as boreholes, which provide clean water, and latrines to improve hygiene.

Please pray for Chad

  • Pray for political stability and peace across the country.
  • Pray that people living in poverty, including refugees, will have access to the resources they need to lift themselves out of poverty.
  • Pray for the recurring food shortages and for all of Tearfund’s partner organisations who are responding to the need.

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