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Africare was operating in Chad as early as 1973 and officially opened its country office in N’Djamena in October 1983.
Since beginning operations in the country, Africare/Chad has invested more than $30,965,500 implementing 65 projects addressing…
• Agriculture & Food Security
• Community Capacity-Building
• Credit and Microcredit
• Health, HIV & AIDS
• Humanitarian and Emergency Relief
• Natural Resource Management
• Private Sector Capacity
• Surface Water Management
• Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
• Women’s Empowerment
…reaching an estimated 3,500,000 beneficiaries.
Africare/Chad’s Portfolio Today:
Batha and Ouaddaï Food Security Initiative
[$11,000,000 - United States Agency for International Development]
Initiative for the Economic Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs (IEEWEP)
[$500,000 yearly – ExxonMobil]
Success in Chad
Africare implemented an Onchocerciasis or River Blindness program in the six southern regions of Chad from 1992 to 2003, greatly contributing to the eradication of the disease from the country. The success of the program prompted a visit to the Africare site in Doba, Chad by former United States President Jimmy Carter, and 2,673,994 people were treated over the course of the program in areas where the disease was endemic.
Africare’s construction of water retention infrastructure, such as dams and pastoral, domestic and vegetable garden wells, has received high praise from Chadians. Some Government of Chad officials consider Africare’s dams as “lakes in the desert.”
In its first three years, the IEEWEP project increased the incomes of more than 1,000 women in Southern Chad by an average of 70%, and these women now possess skills to continue improving their lives and their communities. In 2013, Africare partnered with Shea Touch, a Texas-based and Chadian-owned personal product brand, to contract IEEWEP women to produce key ingredients for the cosmetic products Shea Touch sells world-wide, creating an opportunity for IEEWEP beneficiaries to shatter the $2 per day income ceiling typical for women in the region.