Rain for the Sahel and Sahara

Rain for the Sahel and Sahara (RAIN) partners with rural and nomadic desert people of West Africa to enable enduring livelihoods through access to education.
Student Sponsorship for Rural and Nomadic Students
Sponsoring a student will change that students life forever. In Niger the average student only goes to school for 3 or 4 years, most never finishing primary school. With your support more students will be able to get the guidance and mentoring that will allow them to succeed. Every year that a student stays in school increases their earning and hiring potential. project reportread updates from the field
Mentoring for At-Risk Nomadic Girls in Rural Niger
Rural Niger, West Africa has a 10% literacy rate, and girls rarely progress past the fourth grade - instead staying at home to work or marrying as young teens. RAIN offers mentoring to at-risk nomadic and rural girls to keep them succeeding in school. Girls learn from local women volunteering as mentors in traditional and life skills. Mentors are also trained in hygiene as well as gender specific health and life issues to offer guidance and advocate with parents and teachers. project reportread updates from the field
Bring Lights, Books and Computers to Niger
Rain for the Sahel and Sahara seeks to bring our middle school students into the present day with a library and computer center. It's hard for us to imagine conditions in Niger - rural schools have no electricity and few books. Many classrooms are straw huts where children sit on the ground. Only 2% make it to secondary school. A library/computer center in Agadez will offer computer skills in a country with no computers in schools. Help us bring skills and the world to our future leaders. project reportread updates from the field
Women's Community Gardens in Niger
Sustainable agriculture is key to lifting rural families out of poverty and chronic malnutrition. In Sub-Saharan Africa, women grow as much as 90% of the region's food. However, custom and family demands often prevent women from spending the time needed to cultivate agriculture. An optimal solution is to empower them with greater food security by investing in shared agriculture. Cash crops generate income and the garden becomes a classroom for nutrition and organic cultivation techniques. project reportread updates from the field
School Market Gardens
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. project reportread updates from the field
Niger Emergency Food Aid Fund
Drought and high food costs have put 8 million people in Niger at risk of severe malnutrition and death. RAIN provides school food programs and grain for nomads' herds -- their source of life. project reportread updates from the field
Women Artisan Cooperatives in Niger
RAIN's Artisan Cooperatives are unique - talented and dedicated nomadic women use their skills to create livelihoods, giving 50% of profits to their children's schools. project reportread updates from the field
Hunger Relief and Support for Sahel Nomads
Niger's Tuareg and Wodaabe nomads rely on their herd animals for meat, milk and income. There is only one rainy season per year in Niger. Last year's rains were sporadic -- crops are small and pasture land is scant. The rain will begin again in July, and the grasses will start to grow. But now, all is dry and parched. This project will save thousands of animals, as well as the men, women and children for whom these animals are their only resource. This is long-term aid! project reportread updates from the field
Enable 50 Girls in Niger to Attend Middle School
Nomadic students living in rural, remote areas of Niger face extreme poverty and hardship with no chance to continue their studies after primary school, as there is rarely a school to attend. These students find new opportunity at our Learning Center & Dormitory in the nomadic city of Agadez. This project makes possible the dream of attending secondary school with a place to live, study, tuition, meals, and tutoring. Together, we can tip the scales to make access to education a reality. project reportread updates from the field
Women's Community Gardens
In the developing world, women are often sole caretakers of their families and communities and Niger is no exception. RAIN transforms a potentially vulnerable situation by empowering rural women to grow food and earn funds in their shared 5,000 sq meter drip irrigated Community Gardens, yielding enough crops to create an income generating surplus while acting as an onsite learning center for nutrition and sustainable organic farming techniques.

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