Jul 13, 2021

News from Nafissa - Her Experience at the ALC

Nafissa envisions her future, thanks to the ALC
Nafissa envisions her future, thanks to the ALC

As a student at RAIN' Agadez Learning Center, Nafissa has the opportunity to attend middle school in the city of Agadez. She receives room and board as well as the chance to show her family and her community just how much girls like her can achieve!

Below are her words about her experiences at the ALC:

"As I was ready to enter 6th grade, I had the opportunity to be recruited to the ALC. I was welcomed and I found everything I needed there in order to continue my studies. Thanks to the ALC, I am able to continue my studies well and I'll do everything I can in order to make it to the end. If not, right now, who knows, I might be a housewife like my friends back in the village. The ALC protects me from that situation, which I wouldn't want at all. If I have the chance to continue my studies, I want to be a healthcare worker to earn a living and help my parents, my brothers, and my sisters and also to prove to the community that a woman can also provide for her family."

Thank you for ensuring Nafissa has the chance to continue her education. We hope you'll continue to support this project so Nafissa and girls like her have the support they need to persevere through their challenges.

Please also consider asking a friend to join you by matching your gift - if everyone brings on friend along, we can raise twice as much and reach twice as many girls!

Don't hesitate to reach out with questions and if you want more RAIN updates, check out our website, newsletter, and social media pages.

With gratitude,

the RAIN team

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Jul 7, 2021

Hear from Hawa about How You've Helped

Staying in school means marrying later
Staying in school means marrying later

Hawa is a student in 4ieme (8th grade) in the Aouderas Middle School. In addition to working with a local woman mentor, Hawa receives free daily after-school classes to help her succeed academically. The program has helped Hawa and she's ranked 6th among the students in her year at school.

Below are her words about her experience with RAIN's Middle School Mentoring Program:

“I attended primary school in the village of Elmiki, where I was raised. My father was never home when I was growing up. He left on ‘exode’ to neighboring countries or he went looking for gold at mining sites. When I passed the exams at the end of the Primary School Cycle, I was admitted to the Aouderas Middle School.  

In the beginning [when I got to Aouderas], I was so discouraged I wanted to drop out of  school and return home – even if that meant making the long journey alone on foot or riding a donkey. Luckily, I was enrolled in RAIN’s mentoring program. With the support and guidance of my mentor, I was encouraged and motivated to continue my studies and to  succeed – even when it felt difficult. We benefited from the daily after school classes and our mentors met with us two or three times a week to guide us. I wouldn’t have gotten this  far without that support. Otherwise, I think a long time ago I would have dropped out and gone home – I’d be with the other girls my age in my village – not in school, or even married to some stranger. Instead, I’m in 4ieme with an average of 14,95 which puts me 6th  among the students in my year. I am grateful for the mentors and the professors at my  middle school. In turn, today I encourage my peers, the other girls in school, that they can also persevere to succeed.”

Thank you for ensuring Hawa has the chance to continue her education. We hope you'll continue to support this project so Hawa and girls like her have the support they need to persevere through their challenges. 

Please also consider asking a friend to join you by matching your gift - if everyone brings one friend along, we can raise twice as much and reach twice as many girls!

Don't hesitate to reach out with questions and if you want more RAIN updates, check our our website, newsletter, and social media pages.

With gratitude,

The RAIN Team

Mentors support academics AND life skills
Mentors support academics AND life skills

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May 27, 2021

Success Against All Odds

Installing solar panels at the Learning Center
Installing solar panels at the Learning Center

Last year was really hard.

As Covid-19 caused schools to shut down - in Niger and around the world - we worried about what would happen to girls who were out of school. Would they want to return to school? Would they be able to?

Families were struggling to put food on the table - would they marry their daughters off to ensure they were fed?

That might sound extreme but crises cause families to reevaluate their priorities. In Niger 75% of girls are married by age 18 and 23% of girls are married by 15.  We worried that for girls who were already missing school, their families might not see any point in waiting.

We were wrong.

This year, the Agadez Learning Center is hosting 32 middle school youth - our biggest class yet. And we're taking steps to prepare for even more students next year.  

One of the changes we've made is that we just installed solar panels! Your support has enabled us to keep this project going so that, little by little, we can improve life for the students at the Agadez Learning Center. The solar panels will go a long way in improving both their living and their learning environment. Thank you.

We hope you'll continue to support this project so these kids have the support they need to keep going, throughout this school year and beyond. The new girl's dorm (our top construction priority) will cost $56,386. With your help, we've raised the first $10,215 - we need to raise the remaining $46,171 by September in order to build the girls' dorm for this upcoming school year.

Please consider asking a friend or loved one to join you by matching your gift - we can go so much further together than we can alone.

Don't hesitate to reach out with questions. Otherwise, we'll be sure to send you another update soon!

Finishing the installation
Finishing the installation
View of the solar panel installation
View of the solar panel installation

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