Bahr el Gazel Board of Directors Development Hadjer Hadid Health Kurutini Center Markas al Nour N'Djamena Ouaddai

2021 Year-End Report


This year-end report is a combination of updates from each of our projects. Together, they show the diversity of our activities as well as our desire to achieve our common vision:

“Reaching and transforming communities using education and development.”

The slogan of our association

We would like to thank all those who contributed during the past year to our common objectives.

Map of the primary locations where we work

Map showing the primary locations of the year-end report
The places where we worked in 2021

Report sections

The different sections of the year-end report can be downloaded below.


“There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

2021 saw a new start for Markas al Nour in N’Djamena with the appointment of a new director in August. Classes and other activities were less in the Bahr el Gazel in 2021 compared to 2020. Water and community-led total sanitation continued in the Ouaddai with the same rhythm as before.

The transformation we would like to see in coming, but has not yet been achieved, so we will continue to work hard in the coming years. In the meantime, we hope that you appreciate reading the report about what we’ve accomplished in 2021.

N’Djamena, the 27th of March 2022

The Secretary General of SAS

Markas al Nour

English Club at Markas al Nour

The English Club at Markas al Nour education center has been re-started!

English Club
Board of Directors Markas al Nour N'Djamena

The History of Markas al Nour

Beginnings (2002-2006)

This is the history of Markas al Nour, an education center in N’Djamena whose name means the “Center of Light.”

The entry to Markas al Nour, circa 2005
The entry to Markas al Nour, circa 2005

The association Service au Sahel was started in 2002 by a group of volunteers. The association is non-profit and non-political, working primarily in education and development. The association received its Autorisation de Fonctionner from the Chadian government in 2003. The board of directors is composed of three to seven people and is led by a Coordinator.

The association’s first venture was the education center named “Markas al Nour” on the 30m road in N’Djamena. Markas al Nour opened its doors in January 2003.

Initially the center was equipped with donated books and computers and had two classrooms. Two Chadians were hired full-time: a secretary and a librarian.

The Markas al Nour library

In 2005 the French embassy gave a grant to help equip the center with more than 600 books, a third classroom, a new generator, and updated computers. The updates were finished in 2006, and a ceremony was held with representatives from the French embassy and from the neighborhood. A 50% increase in students was seen in 2006 because of these upgrades.

Graduates of one of the first computer classes

Growth and Challenges (2007-2011)

Upgrading the building to include a new computer classroom

Significant upgrades were made to the center starting in 2007. Computer teachers gained such good instruction at Markas al Nour that they went on to find good positions working in IT. It became necessary to recruit more teachers for computer classes.

A volunteer teaches a networking class

In 2010, the center had major problems with the electrical generator resulting in costly repairs. In 2011 a new 22 kVA electrical generator was donated to the center.

Autonomy and financial pressure (2012-2019)

Students at the end of class

During this period, French classes grew from on average 130 students per year to almost 500 students per year. Night classes (7-9pm) were added in 2015 and that brought in more students who didn’t have time to study in the afternoons. Morning classes also became more regular at the center with a peak of 25 morning classes during 2017.

However, the increase in French language classes was offset by the decrease in computer classes: computer classes dropped below 100 students per year in 2016 for the first time and have remained low, although MaN received a gift of updated computers in 2016.

In 2018, the center opened a Maternelle, but failed to attract enough children to pay for the teacher. The nursery school was not continued in 2019.

Financial pressure increased as Chad’s economy contracted in 2017 and 2018 due to plunging oil prices. Increased competition from other education centers put pressure on MaN to reduce the price of French classes.

Reorganisation (2020-2021)

Markas al Nour officially closed in July 2020 due to this financial pressure along with the added strain of covid restrictions. However, by November 2020 the center reopened, and classes restarted.

The history of Markas al Nour has been full of growth and change. The years to come will bring more change with one constant: high quality education classes for the northern neighborhoods of N’Djamena.

Markas al Nour Statistics (2004-2020)

statistics from the history of Markas al Nour (2004 to 2020)

English was the most popular class from 2005 to 2008 powered in part by an active English club.

Computer classes were the most popular from 2009 to 2012, including classes on maintenance, networking, and website creation.

French classes have been the most popular from 2013 until today.

2016 was the biggest year when more than 1000 students attended classes. 2020 was the smallest year due to the center closing and reorganizing.

Markas al Nour N'Djamena

Certificate Ceremony

On August 4th, the education center Markas al Nour had a ceremony to give certificates to those who had recently finished a class.

Spectators and students listening to the speeches.

Students and guests attended the ceremony.

The first person in each class will be allowed to continue to study French at Markas al Nour for free, up to level six.

The secretary speaks during the ceremony.

The ceremony was covered by local radio and Al Nassr TV.

The administration of Markas al Nour would like to wish all students success in their future studies. All new learners are also welcome to come study in the center.

Bahr el Gazel Board of Directors Development Hadjer Hadid Kurutini Center Markas al Nour N'Djamena Ouaddai

2020 Annual Report

This report gives details about the work our association did in 2020. All the reports are in French.

Table of Contents


2020 had plenty of success and challenges. The biggest challenge was the financial crisis which forced the closure of our Markas al Nour education center. Nonetheless, the center reopened its doors in order to keep offering high quality instruction. Our activities in Moussoro and Hadjer Hadid were slowed down by covid-19, but were still able to adapt and continue. We will continue working together on our common objectives in education and development in 2021.

Here are the number of beneficiaries from our activities in 2020:

Markas al Nour – N’Djamena288
Education classes – Moussoro203
Animal health videos – Moussoro120
Water, health, and mapping – Hadjer Hadid3800
Sewing and distributing masks – Hadjer Hadid800
Health and cultural videos – Hadjer Hadid100

We would like to thank all those who helped us continue advancing our goals.

The Secretary General for Service au Sahel


22 April 2021

Abeche Bahr el Gazel Board of Directors Development Hadjer Hadid Health Kurutini Center Markas al Nour N'Djamena Ouaddai

2019 Annual Report

This report summarizes all the work that the association has done in 2019. All the reports are in French.

Table of Contents


2019 was a difficult year for the association. Even with many successes, the general financial climate in Chad slowed down several of our projects. Nonetheless, our work in education and development impacted thousands of people:

Markas al Nour818
Cours décentralisés49
Markaz Attafahum13
Projets de Développement – Hadjer Hadid516
Projets de Développement – Moussoro1075

We would like to thank all those who helped us continue advancing our goals.

The Secretary General for Service au Sahel


11 July, 2020

Markas al Nour N'Djamena

2016 Year-end at Markas al Nour

The teachers at the year-end meeting.

French level 0 graduates with their teacher

Markas al Nour N'Djamena

Pictures of Markas al Nour training and culture center