CRS in Chad
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 was among the most recent natural disasters.
Since 1996, Chad has faced drought and humanitarian crises that have drained the country’s ability to respond and adapt to disasters. Chad has scarce natural resources, and the population faces a variety of threats to their agricultural livelihoods, including violent conflict, influxes of refugees and internally displaced people, erratic rainfall, desertification and sub-standard harvest.
Children under five have little access to health care or drinking water, and nearly one-third of the country’s population was food insecure in 2014. Previous conflicts in neighboring countries have resulted in more than 450,000 refugees living in refugee camps in the East and South of Chad.
People served: 163,229
Population: 11,631,456 (July 2015 est.)
Size: 495,755 sq mi; slightly more than three times the size of California
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CRS' History in Chad
Catholic Relief Services has been working in Chad since 1984 when it based its programming in the CRS Cameroon office in Yaoundé. In 2002, in response to the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, the Bishops’ Conference invited CRS to open an office in N’Djamena. CRS currently works with more than 10 Chadian organizations in Southern Chad and Eastern Chad.
CRS’ Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) offers needed financial services to vulnerable populations to diversify their livelihoods through access to credit. CRS also works with food-vulnerable communities and individuals to meet their needs in emergency situations, improve their access to seeds and farming tools, and reinforce their resilience to climatic changes. This is done through livestock fairs, training, food/vouchers for work, equipment provisions, gardens and innovative storage systems.
CRS’ health projects aim to improve the lives of those infected and/or affected with HIV/AIDS, as well as reduce risky sexual behavior in youth through HIV/AIDS education. Since 2011, CRS has provided 10,000 orphans and vulnerable children with educational, health, psychosocial, financial and legal support, including housing in southern Chad. CRS and its partners continue to actively advocate for the improvement of the national system of child protection.
CRS has implemented peacebuilding projects in Chad since 1996. These interventions support the peaceful management of conflict while addressing human rights violations, intercommunal disputes, and transparent management of natural resources and other public goods.