Feb 1, 2021

Resilience in the Face of Challenges

Students make do with temporary structures.
Students make do with temporary structures.

As if a global pandemic wasn’t enough, Niger experienced terrible flooding last year – the worst flooding in generations. This flooding was so severe that the government delayed the start of the school year nationwide. But our partners are resilient and, with your support, they persevere – even against pandemics and flooding.

Schools re-opened for in-person learning on October 15th and RAIN welcomed 32 disadvantaged students to the Agadez Learning Center. With the help of RAIN's generous supporters, these girls and boys started the school year off strong – school fees paid, pens and notebooks at the ready. In addition to room and board, the center will provide them with after-school reinforcement classes, peer-to-peer tutoring, life skills training, and mentoring.

While these children persist in their studies, we are continuing to raise funds to expand the girls' dorm and bathroom to accomodate more students in the future. Once the girls' dorm is complete, we plan to install solar panels to ensure electricty is available - all day, every day - without relying on the faulty local grid.

For now, we received the solar panels and we are raising funds for construction. Once we have raised the first $10,000, we can begin building!

Thank you for all you’ve done. We hope you’ll continue to support this project to ensure that these kids, who have fought so hard to stay in school, have the support they need to do so and - critically - that more of their peers can join them.

Please consider sharing this opportunity with your friends and family - none of us can do it alone.

We look forward to updating you as the school year progresses!

Solar panels - unloaded and awaiting installation
Solar panels - unloaded and awaiting installation

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Jan 22, 2021

Resilience in the Face of Challenges

Distributing masks so students can attend school
Distributing masks so students can attend school

Since our last update, Covid cases in Niger have almost quadrupled to 4,267. Fortunately, the rate of Covid deaths remains low. With this most recent spike in cases, the Nigerien government is, once again, enacting stricter regulations.

After a delayed opening in October (due to nationwide flooding), schools were temporarily closed again from late December through early January. When schools reopened in January, students without masks were turned away. While we hope this new policy will encourage more people to wear masks, it's just as likely to reduce the number of students attending school.

RAIN is stepping in to support primary and secondary school children's education as well as the government's efforts at reducing virus transmission.

We are continuing to enact community wide trainings to not only encourage mask wearing, hand washing, and other such practices but also - critically -  to ensure communities understand why they're being asked to modify their behaviors. For this initiative to work, it cannot be a top-down mandate from the government; there must be local buy-in. RAIN is also distributing an additional 1,800 masks to ensure that students cannot be refused entry to their schools because they don't have access to an appropriate mask. 

If you can, please give today -- or ask your friends or neighbors to join you in giving, so these children can remain safe as the covid pandemic continues. 

One mask costs less than 50 cents. For just a few dollars, euros, or pounds, you could help keep several students in school - safely.

Access to masks ensures studies can continue
Access to masks ensures studies can continue

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Nov 13, 2020

Resilience in the Face of Challenges

Less than 10% of girls begin Middle School
Less than 10% of girls begin Middle School

As if a global pandemic wasn’t enough, Niger has experienced terrible flooding this year – the worst flooding in generations. Hundreds of thousands of Nigeriens were displaced and tens of thousands of people lost their homes, their fields, their herds. These extreme weather patterns are making a difficult climate even harder to survive.

This flooding was so severe that the government delayed the start of the school year nationwide. But our partners are resilient and, with your support, they persevere – even against pandemics and flooding.

Schools re-opened for in-person learning on October 15th. Knowing how hard last year was and anticipating another challenging year, RAIN has doubled down on our commitment to supporting rural and nomadic school children to pursue an education. This fall, we welcomed 32 disadvantaged students to the Agadez Learning Center. With your help, they are starting the school year off strong – school fees paid, pens and notebooks at the ready. In addition to room and board, the center will provide them with after-school reinforcement classes, peer-to-peer tutoring, life skills training, and mentoring. We are also raising funds to expand the girls' dorm and bathroom to accomodate more students in the future. Once the girl's dorm is complete, we plan to install solar panels to ensure electricty is available - all day, every day - without relying on the faulty local grid.

This additional support is critical to help enroll kids in school and to keep them there. The pandemic pulled children out of school and then the floods stopped the school year from starting, but now, finally, these children are ready to learn.

Thank you for all you’ve done. We hope you’ll continue to support this project to ensure that these kids, who have fought so hard to stay in school, have the support they need to do so.

Please consider sharing this opportunity with your friends and family - none of us can do it alone.

We look forward to updating you as the school year progresses!

Providing room & board makes education possible
Providing room & board makes education possible
A new dorm could house 25 middle school girls
A new dorm could house 25 middle school girls

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