Chad lies in north-central Africa, bordered by six countries. The country has three primary regions: arid desert in the north, semi-arid plains in the center, and tropical marshland and grasses in the south.

  • Population: 12,448,200
  • Life Expectancy: 51 years
  • Access to Safe Water: 50%
  • School Enrollment: 36%
  • Land Mass: 495,755 sq. mi.
  • Literacy Rate: 35%
  • Under Age 5 Mortality Rate: 150/1000
  • Average Annual Income (GNI): 740

Facts about Chad

According to the 2011 U.N. Human Development Index, Chad is the fifth-least developed country in the world and has the fourth-highest child mortality rate in the world.

According to World Bank, Chad has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world.

Recent droughts in this part of Africa have caused crop production to decrease; therefore, food insecurity has become a key issue in Chad.

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Progress in Chad

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. World Vision was able to work alongside communities to accomplish the following in 2013.

  • Provided educational materials to schools to improve learning environments for children.

  • Supported youth to obtain vocational training that enhanced their economic opportunities.

  • Conducted malaria campaigns that distributed and demonstrated how to properly use bed nets in order to lower the risk of the contracting the disease in the community.

  • Worked to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS by providing voluntary screenings and educating youth about the transmission and prevention of the illness.

  • Trained mothers and health staff to identify, treat, and prevent malnutrition among young children.

  • Rehabilitated malfunctioning wells so they could again produce safe, clean water for thousands of people.

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    World Vision in Chad Today

    World Vision is committed to partnering with the people of Chad to improve their lives today and to help enact sustainable solutions for the future of their children, families, and communities. World Vision’s child sponsorship program plays a vital role in this partnership, with donors from the United States sponsoring more than 3,900 children in Chad. In addition to sponsorship, World Vision operates other programs that benefit communities in Chad. These efforts include:

    • Fighting malnutrition by promoting good diet and teaching community members how to combat high levels of child malnourishment.
    • Providing medical equipment and material in response to disease outbreaks.
    • Providing and promoting use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets to combat malaria.

    World Vision History in Chad

    World Vision began working in Chad in 1982 with an anti-famine project. Since then, some of World Vision’s major accomplishments have included:

    • Providing food and medical supplies to people affected by a severe drought in the early 1980s.
    • Reducing high child and mother mortality rates during the 1990s by providing women with training to better equip them to care for their families.
    • Improving water and sanitation, offering health and nutrition education, and providing food for refugees and internally displaced people since 2000.

    Geography & People

    Geography and people

    Chad lies in north-central Africa, bordered by six countries. The country has three primary regions: arid desert in the north, semi-arid plains in the center, and tropical marshland and grasses in the south. The north sees little to no precipitation, while the south has a rainy season from May to October.

    Agriculture earns about 40 percent of the country’s income, and agricultural products include cotton, cereal grains, peanuts, rice, and potatoes, along with cattle and other animals. About 80 percent of Chadians depend on farming and herding for their livelihood.

    Chad has a variety of natural resources, including petroleum, uranium, sodium carbonate, white clay, gold, limestone, fish, and salt.

    The Sara, the country’s largest ethnic group, live primarily in the southern region of Chad. The Arabs, the second largest group, live in the north. French and Arabic are the nation’s official business languages, but Chadians speak more than 120 other languages and dialects.

    Families are very important in Chadian society. Extended families live together in compounds, sharing resources and responsibilities.


    After a nationalism movement in the 1950s, Chad gained full independence from France in August 1960. Since then, Chad has faced years of civil and outside conflict, with four invasions by Libya in the 1980s and multiple insurgencies since 1990.

    In October 2003, Chad began exporting oil after the opening of a pipeline connecting its oil fields with those in Cameroon. Unfortunately, this increase in industrial production has led to the pollution of soil and water in rural areas.

    The World Food Program estimates that about 255,000 Sudanese refugees and 77,000 from the Central African Republic have settled in Chad over the past few years. Civil conflict has displaced at least 188,000 Chadians. The arrival of refugees, combined with 30 years of political instability, has hindered Chad’s social and economic development.

    Prayer Requests for Chad

    • For an end to drought, and for better agricultural production to alleviate food shortages.
    • For a breakthrough in the search for a cure for malaria.
    • For families facing food shortages, hunger, and malnutrition.
    • For political and economic stability in Chad.