Nov 9, 2020

Resilience in the Face of Challenges

Elementary School kids in the streets of Soulefet
Elementary School kids in the streets of Soulefet

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 support for elementary and middle school children to pursue an education.

This fall, we began working with over 100 local women to serve as mentors to over 600 students across 4 middle schools and 18 elementary schools. 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.

With your help, hundreds of Nigerien children are starting the school year off strong – school fees paid, pens and notebooks at the ready. 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!

Middle School is tough but support helps!
Middle School is tough but support helps!

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Nov 9, 2020

Resilience in the Face of Challenges

Community wells enable community gardens
Community wells enable community gardens

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.

Now, so many families are being forced to start over. RAIN is working to bring wells to two new partner communities without access to safe water. These wells will help them to rebuild. New wells will enable the villages to initiate two community gardens to keep families well fed and to earn income to build toward a more stable future. The wells will also provide clean water for greater hygiene and protection against the spread of Covid.

Having local, year-round access to safe water is the crux for building up a healthy and enduring community.

With your help, thousands of Nigeriens have accessed safer water and nutritious food. Thank you for all you’ve done. We hope you’ll continue to support this project to ensure that families across in two communities have the support they need to meet their basic needs – now and into the future.

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 year progresses – we are already in planning sessions to identify the right plots of land and engage the communities. We're planning to start the drilling itself in early 2021!

Water & soap help protect against spreading Covid
Water & soap help protect against spreading Covid

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Aug 25, 2020

Support is Vital During Tough Times

When we first posted this project, there were 696 cases of COVID-19 in Niger.  Now, there are 1,172. While the government has done an excellent job stemming the spread of the virus, we aren't out of the woods yet. COVID reiterated the importance of communities being able to meet their basic needs locally. Rural and nomadic communities without access to safe water are at significant risk if the coronavirus or another disease infiltrates the population. They are also most vulnerable to price fluctuations as they have limited access to markets and goods. Now, more than ever, our partner communities need support – and you can help. 

As a safety measure, schools across Niger closed for two months in April and May. They reopened in June to finish out the school year. RAIN sought to help ensure schools in our partner communities could re-open safely.  

RAIN’s Field Team, led by Director of Programs Boube Aw:

  • Distributed over 40 cartons of soap – over 1,000 extra-large bars of soap. Soap was given to 101 women mentors in the Agadez region of Niger in the villages of Aouderas, Batarmatas, Tinteloust, Etaghas, Eferouane Nord and Soulefet. In turn, these women coordinated distribution to students and families across all 6 villages.
  • Established 5 washing stations to serve local middle school students and to decrease their risk of virus transmission as they return to school.
  • Delivered awareness building & training seminars on the transmission of COVID-19 - encouraging people to follow the five steps outlined by Niger’s Department of Health (wear a mask, cough or sneeze into your elbow, avoid shaking hands, wash your hands with soap, & remain at home or, if out, retain at least one meter of distance from others).

We believe in the power of these entrepreneurial women, these curious children, and these committed families to build their own futures – but we also know how hard that is to do without support. Your help can ensure that these basic vital needs are met so that education and opportunity do not need to be put on hold for COVID.

No one knows what the remainder of 2020 holds or how the situation with COVID-19 will evolve, but we do know that the challenges these communities face aren’t going away. We are committed to continued support for these communities, whether schools re-open in September or not. We hope you will stand by us to ensure they continue to have access to the food and resources they need to persevere.

 
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