CHAD – WHO WE ARE
IAS Tchad began in 2009 as a response to the large number of refugees fleeing from violence in the Darfur region of neighboring Sudan. To help provide water for people in refugee camps and host communities, IAS brought in two drilling rigs, and the rest is history. Today we have drilled more than 300 bore holes across Tchad, as well as working with communities to improve sanitation and hygiene through the Community Led Total Sanitation program. We have also started 20 women’s self help groups, so that women who have already received improved access to water through previous IAS programs, can use their time to learn small business skills and start income-generating projects. In these communities, IAS also helps plant trees to combat desertification, which is a serious problem in Tchad.
While we are proud of all we have been able to accomplish through our team efforts and our partnership with local communities and officials, there is still much to be done. Tchad is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranked 185 out of 188 countries in the UN’s Human Development Index. In terms of countries where access to water in rural areas is limited, Tchad is number 6 in the world. Also, only 16% of the entire country of Tchad has access to adequate sanitation.
Join with us as we seek to bring development through water, sanitation, and microfinance projects across this great nation.