Chad

CRS launched a voucher program in Eastern Chad to help the most isolated and vulnerable families. Photo by Anicet Nemeyimana/CRS

CRS launched a voucher program in Eastern Chad to help the most isolated and vulnerable families. Photo by Anicet Nemeyimana/CRS

Since independence, Chad has experienced decades of civil war and dictatorship. In more recent years, events between 2004 and 2011 created an acute security crisis in the country.

The 2012 drought is the latest in a cycle of drought and other shocks. Since 1996, Chad has faced drought and humanitarian crises, draining peoples' ability to respond and adapt to shocks and stresses. Chad has scarce natural resources, and the population faces a variety of shocks to their agricultural livelihoods, including violent conflict, influxes of refugees and internally displaced people, erratic rainfall, desertification and sub-standard harvest.

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Stats

Population:11,193,452 (July 2013 est.)
Size:495,755 sq mi; slightly more than three times the size of California
People Served:504,244 (2013 est.)

History

Catholic Relief Services has been working in Chad since 1985 when it based its programming in the CRS Cameroon office in Yaoundé. In 2002, CRS signed an agreement with the Republic of Chad and opened an office in the capital, N'Djamena. Currently CRS' development efforts are localized in Southern Chad and Eastern Chad for emergency and food security activities. CRS Chad implements projects through 9 local partners.

Partners

U.S. Government
Secours Catholique du Développement (SECADEV)
Commission National Justice et Paix (CNJP)

Programs

Agriculture
Civil Society and Governance
Disaster Response
HIV and AIDS
Microfinance
Peacebuilding


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