Mosaic of the Traditional and the Modern - Challenges and Opportunities
Stretching nearly a 1000 miles from the savannahs of central Africa to 12-thousand foot volcanoes in the depths of the Sahara desert, the country of Chad is one of the last frontiers of Africa. Vast reaches of the country are still little changed from days when the French first colonized this country in 1901. Millions of people remain subsistence farmers, eking out a precarious existence on the sub-Saharan plains south of the Sahara.
Yet the noisy, urban jumble of the capital and provincial centers reveal a country which is hurdling headlong into modernity. Most of those subsistence farmers have a cell phone now, and every year, travel becomes easier as more of the country’s legendary dirt roads are paved. This rich mosaic of the traditional and the modern offers incredible challenges as well as unparalleled opportunities for outreach. TEAM is in the forefront of addressing those challenges.
The Swamp Initiative
The Swamp Initiative seeks to establish an indigenous, culturally sensitive reproducing community of disciples in each of the main people groups in this region of Chad. We help with the physical and spiritual needs of the population, building friendships through community development, education, and healthcare programs.
We want to connect with you about the purposes God might have for you together with us in Chad! Browse our listing of current needs in Chad.
|Community Development Workers, Social Justice Focus||Chad||more than 3 years|
|Community Development Workers, Healthcare Focus||Chad||more than 3 years|
|Community Development Workers, Sports and Recreation Focus||Chad||more than 3 years|
|Community Development Workers, Creative Arts Focus||Chad||more than 3 years|
|Community Development Workers, Creation Care Focus||Chad||more than 3 years|
|Community Development Workers or Consultants||Chad||up to 8 months
9 months - 2 years
more than 3 years
|Community Development Short-term Team||Chad||up to 8 months|
|Vision Trip||Chad||up to 8 months|
With an area twice the size of Texas, Chad is the largest land-locked country in Africa
In the cross-hairs of Africa at the widest and longest diameters, it is 2/3 desert, part of the Sahara Desert.
40 years ago Lake Chad covered 15,000sq.mi. For various reasons it is rapidly shrinking to the point that it is now only 500sq.mi - 20% its former size!
A multi-ethnic society, there are over 130 languages and ethnic groups.
Though predominantly Muslim (50%), 20% of the population follow the Catholic religion, 15% protestant, 12% animist and 3% atheist.
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