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Where is Chad?

Chad is a landlocked country in northern Central Africa

Our impact


Chad, a landlocked country in central Africa, faces several challenges. Increasing desertification and the drying up of Lake Chad due to climate change is a constant concern. Chad also faces security challenges from conflicts in neighbouring nations.

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 to the terrorist attacks from Boko Haram.

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

A man searches for clean water on a parched river bed

Abdoulaye, 45, searches for clean water on a parched river bed near Dabkere, Chad. Credit: Peter Caton/Tearfund

Our work in Chad

When trained and supported, local churches can release whole communities from poverty. Tearfund is working with church organisations in Chad to address community needs. 

We're doing this because we want to see whole-life transformation for one million people in Chad. Our plan is to mobilise 5,000 local churches to address the root causes of poverty and see tangible outcomes by 2027. We're working with churches and partners around the following objectives:

  1. Support churches and communities to mobilise local resources, initiate and lead their own development and peace initiatives by the end of 2027.
  2. Support churches and communities to care for their environment and farm in a way that minimises the impact of climate change.
  3. Help local churches and communities care for survivors and promote positive masculinity initiatives. Build a movement to end sexual and gender-based violence.
  4. Help local churches and communities prepare for crises, become more resilient and respond well to disasters.

Please pray for Chad

    • Humanitarian needs are growing and our partners have limited financial resources. Ask God to overcome these barriers so that our partners can help people lift themselves out of poverty.
    • Community conflicts have undermined the efforts of those working for peace in Chad. Pray for peace and stability across the country.
    • Flooding and drought are some of the disasters brought about by climate change in Chad. This is a huge challenge for our local partners and their communities. Pray that God would give strength and wisdom to our partners as they navigate these challenges.

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