Rural Niger, W. Africa has a 10% literacy rate. RAIN offers scholarships and mentoring to girls most in need. Girls are trained by volunteer mentors in traditional and life skills.
Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world. Girls of nomadic families struggle to stay in school past the fourth grade and work against cultural norms. RAIN helps the poorest girls stay and succeed in school. Mentors are largely illiterate women who gain literacy and community esteem as mentors. This project will serve 250 girls and 40 mentors.
The mentors meet with the girls weekly to provide counseling and after school classes in practical skills. They counsel the girls about health, sexuality, and avoidance of early marriage. Girls succeed in school and mentors become literate adults.
Girls that stay in school delay marraige, have fewer children and earn higher incomes. There will be an increase in the number of girls attending school, and an increase in those who go on to high school. Literacy will increase among adult women.
"RAIN’s mentoring program is very strong... The commitment of the mentors, who walk seven kilometers to meet with the girls, is remarkable. The focus on traditional skills also captivates the girls." - Lisa Kays, Program Monitor, USAID
Total Funding Received to Date: $14,767
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $5,233
Total Funding Goal: $20,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).