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Many organisations speak of their willingness to help Chadians meet their daily needs. Here we name a few of the Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) that are actually accomplishing something important in Chad. We invite you to assist them in their work in every way possible.

Problems that are being taken care of by organisations in Chad:

bulletSmall Businesses
bulletChildren's work
bulletAnimal Husbandry
bulletPotable Water


The Office National de Développement Rural (ONDR) organises farmers to put their harvests together, and work in common fields to produce a maximum harvest. ONDR also provides ploughs. They also help run public granaries. Using stars, and weather information, they offer suggestions on when farmers should begin planting their crops.

Catholic Relief Fund (SECADEV) projects help villagers to take charge of meeting their needs by organising village groups toward market farming and vineyards. They also provide farmers with access to hoes and seeds.

The Swiss Relief Agencies help the farmers buy agricultural tools. They also give advice concerning public granaries.

US-AID has established the Famine Early Warning System (FEWS) to help with the early co-ordination of emergency relief aid in the case of famine. They have an office in N'Djaména.



Here is a list of the most significant organisations that work with children in Chad.  They are looking for nurses, volunteers, and financial supporters.  If you are interested, please contact them:

Bakan Assalam: Evangelical Mission, orphan follow-up care until age two, medical assistance, intensive care for premature babies, preschool for children in the Ouaddaï, Biltine and Iriba regions. In N'Djaména, they work with street children.  Their e-mail address is:
World Vision: Medical, social and food assistance for children throughout the country. Their website is:


Small Business

In the Ouaddaï, SECADEV organises groups to help people with commercial projects, and grants loans to help them start their small business ideas.

There are a few development organisations working among the Tounia. The Office National de Développement Rural organises people together to initiate commercial projects, and provides loans to help them get started.

Besides these, the Mennonite Central Committee helps establish small businesses all over Chad, especially in the Guéra and in N'Djaména.

WEC currently runs an embroidery group for about 25 disabled women in order to provide them with an income.

GTZ, a German development organisation, began its development work in the Ouaddaï in 1994.


Potable Water

The Swiss Relief Agencies who passes from time to time in the Mogum region of the Guéra helps the villagers dig wells. SECADEV helps villagers dig wells in the Guéréda region of the Ouaddaï. Beyond this, the United Nations/UNDP has financed the digging of wells in the Dar Dadjo region, and CARE Chad has dug several wells in the Tounia area.



WEC has three Learning Centres in Abéché, Adré and Biltine. Each centre is stocked with high school textbooks, magazines and newspapers. Students frequent the libraries on a daily basis to study and use the books which otherwise they would not be able to buy or find in town. These centres are very well attended, and there’s always a waiting list for English classes.

After pulling out of the country for over a decade,  the US Peace Corps is once again training sending out American teachers into many villages in Chad.

SECADEV has helped the Guéréda villagers in the Ouaddaï construct several schools with mud brick, clay and straw. The Summer Institute of Linguistics is working in several language areas to help schools in teach the first two years in the local language, to aid in the transition toward the language of instruction. They also prepare primers and train teachers to show children and adults how to read in their own language.

Regarding the educational system of rural Chad, let us look at the example of the Guéra villages. The learning of new knowledge permits people to acquire helpful skills, which alone is a source of development. Education helps accomplish all this. The Bon Goula people, for example, are interested in education, but the weak educational structure in the region is the reason why young people of the region do not believe they need to go to school. However, there is in the region two spontaneous schools run by untrained teachers who wish to help their little brothers and sisters, the hope of tomorrow. These two spontaneous schools are in Bone I and Ibre.

Further east, there is a spontaneous school in Koya (C.P I to C.P. II) with 33 students, a school in Koutoutou (full cycle), and a school in Daguéla (C.P. I to C.M. I). These schools receive students from their own village as well as those from surrounding villages. Five trained instructors and a few volunteer teachers run these schools. The students, given the nature of spontaneous schools, leave their villages to go study elsewhere, especially in Melfi, Sarh or N'Djaména. The formation of spontaneous schools in Chadian villages demonstrates the strong desire parents have to see that their children have the opportunity to go to school.


Animal Husbandry

Among the Baraïn of the Guéra and in the Dar Dadjo region, veterinary agents in Melfi take care of the health of the sheep, goats and cattle of the area.


Health Issues

For over five years, the Italian NGO Cooperazione Internationale (COOPI) is responsible for all the medical aid work and the management of the hospital in the Health District of Goz-Beïda.  They run nine dispensaries in the District (Kerfi, Doroti, Koukou, Ade, Moudeina, Tiorro, Daguessa, Saraf-Bourgou et Tissi).  In a region that suffers from almost complete isolation, their work is essential to the life of these villages.

Catholic Relief (SECADEV) assists those living in rural areas to meet their development needs by establishing rural health centres. They opened a dispensary in Miltou and Bardangal (Dar Dadjo region), among others.

There is also a leprosy clinic in Kokaga in the Guéra.

The Abéché orphanage has helped the Assangori to build a health centre in Troane. Doctor Sutton of WEC has set up a network of dispensaries in all the Adré Sub-prefecture, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health.



The work accomplished in Chad by Aviation Without Borders (ASF)  exists in close association with the Italian NGO Cooperazione Internationale (COOPI),  responsible for the medical aid work undertaken in the Health District of Goz-Beïda over the past five years in the Ouaddaï.  In practical terms, ASF provides practical support to the nine dispensaries located in the District through its aviation program. The actual flights are primarily evacuations of persons needing emergency assistance to the Goz-Beïda hospital, logistical assistance for vaccination campaigns or the quick delivery of medicine to the dispensaries.
The leaders of Aviation Without Borders (ASF) are open to all geographical extension projects of the work of dispensaries located in distant villages.  This may be accomplished with the framework of financing programs such as those prepared by European Development Funds (FED) of the European Union, in partnership with Health organisations. To learn more, please contact them directly.

The World Bank/European Economic Community (EEC) has financed the improvement of the road between Guélengdeng and Sarh, a work which began in 1995. In addition, The EEC has financed the improvement of the road between Mongo and Eref.

In Bandaro, Swiss Relief Agencies buy donkeys for the farmers to facilitate their travel. Thus, they are able to more easily travel to the areas where there is a market to sell their harvest or a health centre.

  If we have not mentioned a specific development organisation that helps Chadians in practical ways, please write to us and let us know about them.  

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