40 year old Arab Matar (pictured) is part of the Parent Association at Djanna School in Treguine Camp, Eastern Chad. He was one of the 240,000 desperate Sudanese refugees who fled into the Ouaddai region with scorching summers, torrential wet seasons and freezing winters.

For families like Arab’s, the transition to a new life, in a new country, with a new language and with a host community, who now must share their resources, brings great tensions.

We identified the need to bring both communities together to build dialogue and reduce tensions. We deliver our education programme to four of the 12 refugee camps focusing on quality teaching and training combined with self-reliance on income.

In 2007 the school was entirely reliant on funding from international donors. As time has moved on and the situation deteriorated, this is not a sustainable solution. Seizing the initiative, the Cord team worked closely with Parent Associations like Arab’s on:

  • Training
  • Leadership skills
  • Curriculum development
  • Income generation ideas for sustaining the running of the schools
  • Whilst the schools continue to need support, they are no longer entirely dependent upon international funding which means that education can continue, and a modest income for schools and families is being created.

Cord’s work in Chad aims to:

  • Provide education to displaced children and the host communities together
  • Up-skilling young people to reduce the risk of radicalisation and build trust between them and authorities
  • Improving food security and resilience to climate change
  • Supporting Chadian civil society to adapt and support changing community needs