MAF is flying for life in Chad


Chad, Africa’s fifth-largest nation, suffers from inadequate infrastructure and internal conflict. Vast distances and no paved roads make overland travel not only time-consuming but also potentially dangerous.

Since its independence in 1960, the country has suffered instability and violence stemming mostly from tension between the mainly Muslim north and the south, which is predominantly Christian and animist.

MAF began operating in Chad in 1966 but had to pull out in 1979 because of civil war. Our programme reopened in 1981, though we had to evacuate staff in 2006 and 2008 when rebel forces attempted to overthrow the President.

We provide a vital link to remote communities where access is difficult because of the distances involved – enabling dental clinics, missions, agencies and local churches to serve people safely and efficiently.


Travelling with MAF allows us to spend more time with our partners. Their work, flying around the country and frequently dealing with difficult situations, is a very real encouragement to national pastors, missionaries and believers.Pastor Brian, whose church in California support several key people groups


Chad. Main base: N'Djamena. Programme begins 1966. 2 aircraft. 4 international staff, 9 national staff. 38 partner organisations. 36 locations served. 933 passengers in 2013.
More on Chad

  • Off to a flying start
    Off to a flying start

    (18 Oct 2012)

    The MAF team in Chad are praising God for the first ever flight on their new Cessna 182 SMA aircraft.

  • Infront of the Chad hanger
    MAF goes the extra mile

    (17 Apr 2012)

    During the weekend of 23, 24 & 25th March, MAF again went the extra mile, this time literally. A new aircraft has been purchased, a Cessna 182 and needs to be brought to the MAF Chad Programme. A flight of more than 2820 nautical miles to be flown in three days; talking about the extra mile!

  • MAF plane on its way to Chad

    (25 Mar 2012)

    A new aircraft is currently on its way from the Netherlands to Chad.

  • Unloading supplies from the MAF plane
    Flying dentists in Chad

    (27 Jan 2012)

    MAF flew a dental team on a ten-day medical safari to remote villages of Chad. Also on board were church leaders from the USA to encourage missionaries. MAF pilot Kalvin Hildebrandt reports in what what he considers 'the highlight of my flying in Chad'.

  • A woman in Chad who had just given birth
    Hundreds helped in Chad

    (09 Jun 2011)

    Nearly 300 patients were seen during a four-day medical safari to remote villages in Chad.

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