Chad is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranked fourth from the bottom on the Human Development Index.
It is landlocked, which means it has little access to water from seas or rivers, resulting in frequent droughts – and with 80% of the population relying on agriculture to survive and this can be devastating.
These problems are made a lot worse by instability and conflict. Instability also means fluctuating food prices, leaving poor families struggling to survive.
Islamic Relief began working in Chad in 2006, during the Darfur conflict. Thousands of people fled to Chad to escape the fighting which overwhelmed the already struggling country. We provided immediate assistance to support the refugees, we continue work there and focus upon development work.
As well as emergency relief we provide support to farmers, water and sanitation facilities, and training on reproductive health and midwifery to tackle maternal health problems. We are also working to protect Chad from future droughts by ensuring production and storage of enough food during times of plenty so that it can be used during times of drought.
With low rainfall frequently leaving entire villages hungry, Chad needs to prepare itself for droughts in advance. Islamic Relief is working in the Sila Province, giving over 23,000 people tools and equipment to help produce food all year round, as well as new wells to irrigate land for years to come.
Farmers are provided with seeds to grow crops which can survive the dry season allowing them to build up food savings so that when times are hard no one needs to go hungry.