Nomadic children must live at school; but Niger schools often have no food to nourish their bodies and minds. School market gardens provide that nourishment, increasing enrollments.
Hundreds of thousands of Niger's nomadic peoples live in this desert country's most arid regions. It rains, sparsely, only three months of the year; with not a drop falling for 9 - 10 months. Parents move, seeking pasture and water for their herds of sheep and goats. For many, these animals provide their only nourishment and income. Hunger constantly threatens. To be educated, nomadic children must live at state-run schools which often have little or no food. Without food, school is untenable.
RAIN's large school gardens feed students, support themselves with the cash crops grown, and are teaching nomadic children and adults sustainable agricultural skills. Gardens improve enrollment and health now and are key to future food security.
Each school market garden provides food to 50 - 200 children. They and their parents learn drip-irrigation and other environment-friendly techniques. School enrollments increase by about 25%. Agriculture augments herding, increasing food security.
Total Funding Received to Date: $3,864
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $6,136
Total Funding Goal: $10,000