of people can’t access safe drinking water


of people don’t live past their 55th birthday


people are refugees from neighbouring countries or internally displaced within their own country


of people are without access to health facilities

About Chad

The Republic of Chad has been producing oil since 2003 and is rich in gold and uranium. However, a combination of poor governance, corruption, conflict and illiteracy plays its part in the nation’s continued poverty.

More than half of Chad is desert. Increasing desertification and land degradation is a constant concern. Having enough food is a permanent challenge for the population.

Violence has plagued Chad since its independence from France in 1960. Ethnic tensions between the Arab-Muslim north and the Christian/animist south have created a climate of instability and conflict. The government has faced regular attempted coups and insurgencies and it has never been able to control the whole of the territory.

An influx of refugees from neighbouring Sudan, Libya, Central African Republic and Nigeria has only added to the civil unrest, driving many from their homes.

Chad has many serious needs, including;

• Secure and consistent access to enough food, clean water and sanitation
• Education – particularly among women
• Adequate treatment and care for HIV
• Environmental sustainability
• The chance for women and girls to flourish
• Consistent support for the poor and vulnerable as well as the nation’s youth

Meet Levourne, our country representative

How we do it

Church & Community Transformation

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Our Work in Chad

As part of Tearfund’s overall vision for church and community transformation, we aim to transform life for one million people in Chad – physically, materially, socially and spiritually – by 2023. We will do this by mobilising 3,000 local churches and communities.

Currently, Tearfund works with six partner organisations in Chad, strengthening the capacity of local churches to meet the needs of their communities. This includes increasing food production through improved agricultural techniques.

We are also helping people to realise their potential by improving their literacy skills. This opens up people’s access to markets and increases their employability. It allows them the opportunity to start income-generating activities and small businesses of their own.

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.

In addition, Tearfund supports its partners by promoting their water, sanitation and hygiene training – equipping local people to pass on basic hygiene practices. We are also working to reduce waterborne diseases by establishing water facilities such as boreholes, which provide clean water, and latrines to improve hygiene. These resources are especially needed in internally-displaced and refugee communities. We are also training people to manage these facilities and to repair them if they break.




people have attended literacy classes.


villages have received training in new farming techniques that will multiply crop yields.


people have been trained to advocate against the stigmatisation of people affected by poverty and HIV.


children have received training in life-saving hygiene practices.

Pray for our work

  • Pray for the recurring food deficit in several regions and for all of Tearfund’s partner organisations who strive to respond to the need.
  • Lift up the ongoing social instability caused by the economic crisis.
  • Ask for unity among Christians within Chad, so that denominations will work closely together to fulfil their mandate.
  • Pray about the insecurity in surrounding countries.

Stories from Chad

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    Manning Up

    'What is masculinity?' It's a controversial question. It also gets people talking in Chad, where Tearfund ran a course called Transforming Masculinities.

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    It will take us all

    In the last 50 years, we’ve seen extreme poverty halved, with countless lives transformed. And we’ve seen that it takes the pray-ers. It also takes the givers and the campaigners. It takes the go-ers, the speakers and the dreamers. And it definitely takes the believers. So today, let’s celebrate the power of all of us...

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