Chad is considered one of the world’s poorest countries. The United Nations ranked the country 184 of 187 in 2014 on its human development index that looks at lifespan, education and economic status.
The average man completed two years of school, and the average woman attended for less than one year. Fifteen percent of children die before their fifth birthday.
Islamic Relief began working in Chad in 2006, and opened Islamic Relief Chad in May 2007 in response to the Darfur humanitarian crisis, during which thousands escaped violence in Darfur, Sudan, and sought refuge in Chad. The influx of refugees made the already—desperate living conditions in Chad direr. Islamic Relief provided urgent assistance, and implemented an emergency project to help alleviate the suffering of both the refugees and internally displaced persons in Chad.