MAF in Chad

Overland travel in Chad can be time-consuming and dangerous. MAF’s aircraft provide a lifeline to NGOs, enabling the needs of remote communities to be met

Chad is Africa’s largest landlocked nation and one of its poorest. Frequent coup attempts as well as refugees from conflicts in the Central African Republic and Darfur in Sudan have exacerbated poverty for the country.

Only a small fraction of the country’s 40,000km of roads are paved, making overland travel time-consuming and dangerous.

Because MAF is there, our partners are able to spend more of their time meeting the needs of communities, and have peace of mind knowing that an evacuation to safety is possible in the event of political unrest or medical emergencies.

From their base in N’Djamena, MAF planes provide access to the remotest regions, supporting water and medical projects, mission outreaches, Bible translation, leadership training and development initiatives.

Without the plane there are no effective means to reach remote clinics. The alternative would have been an arduous two-day journey of 560 miles, over rough roads, in temperatures of up to 40°C. Flying with MAF saved valuable time, which was better spent treating people.

Ann Fursdon,
British doctor who visited 13 health centres in southern Chad in 2 weeks

Main base


Program began


Aircraft used

Cessna 182 SMA (x1)
Cessna 208 (x1)


4 international

Did you know?

We served 800 passengers across 26 locations in 2014, and work with 30 partner organisations

Main partners

Africa Inland Mission
Baptist Mid-Missions
Chad for Christ
Golden Hills Church
Grace Brethren International Ministries
Red Cross
Wycliffe Bible Translators

serving in Chad

Phil & Merilee HENDERSON

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