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.
Nov 17, 2016

Help a rural Nigerien child get education

In the Niger bush only 1-2% of students continue past the sixth grade. Many of these children are motivated to further their educations, but there are no middle schools anywhere near their homes. RAIN is gathering dedicated students who show promise in primary school to come to the Agadez Learning Center. The ALC provides students with room, board, tutors, mentors, and leadership training. Of the only 15% of rural children who attend school, on average girls complete only 3 years, while boys complete 4.

Student sponsorship’s is one of the greatest gifts that a donor can give. Sponsoring a RAIN student gives a motivated, talented young person in the world’s poorest country the opportunity to succeed against the odds.

RAIN is gathering dedicated students who show promise in primary school to come to the Agadez Learning Center. The ALC provides students with room, board, tutors, mentors, and leadership training. Students like Moussa a 15 year old boy with short dark hair and a bright smile who is a dedicated hard working student at the ALC. He loves playing sports and games with the other boys and is very intuitive. 

“If I did not have the chance to come to RAIN’s center, things would be difficult. First of all, my parents are poor and have no money. Even to go to first grade, I had problems with money. My parents never went to school. If I was not in the Agadez Learning Center, I would finish the school day and find myself discouraged and tired. I would not have enough food to eat. Without the after-school tutoring, the difficult materials would be too hard.” 

             By sponsoring a student like Moussa you help them to overcome severe challenges they faces every day. Our students are motivated and determined -- students supporting them is incredibly rewarding. With the generosity of donors like you more and more children will lift themselves out of a life of poverty.

Nov 17, 2016

Bring Light and Education to Niger

              Having a solar-powered library and computer room will allow students to benefit from information as never before. Many have never seen a laptop, there are no computers in their schools and electricity is not reliable. Help us to share the power of information with eager girls and boys who are eager to bring skills home to help their communities. Our students share intention of providing for their families and communities. Bellol has that intention. This is what is so powerful about the rural and nomadic communities -- they work together to survive and progress.

             The RAIN solar library will give opportunity to students that truly want to empower themselves; who want to succeed. RAIN needs your help to build this special space. Having a place that promotes opportunity is so rare in West Africa. Support for these remarkable people comes in many forms from RAIN, but all is rooted in learning. Join Rain for the Sahel and Sahara to help the simplest of dreams – healthy lives, food on table, knowledge of and connection to the world – come true. The solar library will give a new opportunity to students that truly want to empower themselves and who want to succeed. The continued support and growth of the learning center is vital as it allows more students the ability to get an education have support, and guidance. RAIN needs your help to build this special space. Having a place that promotes opportunity is so rare in West Africa. Support for these remarkable people comes in many forms from RAIN, but its best is education. Come join Rain for the Sahel and Sahara as we push students toward their dreams and ambitions.   

            Our Agadez Learning Center creates a place for young girls and boys to live in a safe and structured environment where they receive scholarships, tutoring and mentoring. Our students are working toward becoming nurses, teachers, engineers, agriculture specialists and more. But at the public school they attend there are 80 kids in a class, no computers and electricity comes and goes.

             A solar system has been donated to provide power. Help us build a computer lab and library. With computers come valuable skills and, with internet, the ability to research, study and learn in a completely new way. Other countries, peoples and animals will part of their world. Many have never seen a river, pond or ocean.

Donate now for the chance to help build a building that will impact so many and change so many lives. It truly is a chance to help create real differences in the many communities with so little available to them.

Nov 16, 2016

Haraitou, the impact of Women's Community Gardens

 In the desert country of Niger water and food are live or death challenges. It is so much a part of life that here there is a fifth season; the ‘hunger season’ is the four months before the yearly rainy season. If the prior years’ rain was not enough to keep wells flowing and grass growing from September to June, the Hunger Season will be upon the land. Many Nigeriens would say that the lack of water is a normal occurrence however and during the Hunger Season their struggle is made far worse.

We partner with nomadic and rural women to address the need for food security with irrigated cooperative gardens. With irrigation they are able to plant crops throughout the year, which was impossible before. Hariatou (34) is a woman who was inspired to join the Women’s Cooperative Gardens after observing the productive work that had taken place in other communities. She lives in Tagantassou and sustains herself only on the little money she receives from making reed mates. She sees the garden as an opportunity for change and growth.

“I joined the garden cooperative because we have seen RAIN’s work in the Mari Women’s Garden [3 miles from Tagantassou] and how much the women benefit from the garden. We hope that the garden will help us to work less on the tabarma mats. We want to have more vegetables for our families and to make some money. We want to change our market and have people coming to by crops from us instead of going to the town.

We have been organizing the garden for 3 months now. It is not easy to get all of the women together and organized. As we continue working in the garden and learning about how to keep the garden going, we will learn more. I am looking forward to next year when we can take advantage of the well, the drip system, and start in the cold season.

So far, we have learned about what different foods do in our bodies, and that there is more than one kind of vitamin. We also are learning about how to organize our group more. We are learning to divide tasks. As our garden starts to produce we will see how to sell and save money to keep the garden going.”

 Women just like Hariatou are enduring these hardships, but also are beginning to have access to more opportunities. The women community gardens feed hundreds of families and the number of participating women continues to grow. These changes are what are needed in rural Niger to encourage a strong local economy.  These gardens are stimulating growth and creating sustainable living for these magnificent people. The future of these ethnic groups livelihood and their culture lies in sustainable living and community development.


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