Jun 12, 2018

Help Women Mentors Become Sustainable

Niger is a country where the literacy rate is 15% among rural and nomadic people. Children have very little access to education. Many villages don’t have a middle school. Many families struggle just to send their child to elementary school. Even fewer get a higher education or make it passed high school. Rain’s Agadez Learning Center gives the opportunity for secondary education to motivated nomadic children of the surrounding area. The Agadez Learning Center is a safe, friendly and educational orientated program.


       “If I was not at the center I would have a lot of other work to do. I would prepare my own meals to eat. There would not be enough water, no light, no meat, no bed, no cooks, etc. My father would have to buy food so that I could study. Even to study I would have to use a kerosene lamp to learn. Truly there are many difficult things. I would have to buy things for school like pens, the uniform, and notebooks. There would also be no tutoring. Finally, there would be no fans or projector.” – Student Dafada.


      The alternatives to the ALC are bleak or non-existent. Most students would have to leave their villages and be given money by their parents, burdening their families still further. At these middle schools like the one in Ingal, thirty-five kids are stuffed into one room and are given few books or supplies. They have to find their own food and pay for school supplies, which is a challenge. 


       At the ALC the students want to become everything from builders to doctors. All the students come in with the purpose of helping their community. It is truly inspiring to witness these students push against the odds that are placed in front of them. Many of students use this opportunity to the best of their ability taking advantage of afterschool classes and the ability to study during the night.


        Really I am happy with RAIN’s center because they give me a bed, a mattress, a sheet, a blanket, and a mosquito net. There is also afterschool tutoring, the school uniform, and school supplies. Every Sunday we have lamb meat and there is a cook that prepares meals for us and a guard that watches the center. – Student Maoude.


         By donating you are changing young girls’ and women’s lives. Your continued support allows those from impoverished areas to come together for a better chance, full of opportunities. Make a child smile today and change her life forever.

Jun 1, 2018

ALC Students need support.

Farida is in 9th grade (4ieme) and is a 16-year-old Tuareg girl from the village of Elmiki, West of Aouderas at the foothills of the Air Mountains. She is a great student, calm, reflective and likes to help the younger girls in her dorm room. Unfortunately, she lost her mother last year, leaving a 2-month-old infant behind. This was a very traumatic experience for her and now her own health issues are becoming fairly serious. After experiencing pain and inflammation in her knee, doctors discovered that she has a bone spur at her knee joint that is progressing and causing her significant discomfort, requiring surgery. Without the surgery, she will not be able to walk in the future. Ironically, during Farida's first year at the center, she told us that she wanted to become a doctor to help people. Following her mother's illness that led to her death, and her current medical issues, the desperate need for access to health care is a shocking reality. We need your support to provide health care services for our Agadez Learning Center. Farida is an example of why this cause is a worthy one. Our students receive a lot of support from the Center, but we need your help to continue to render these services for the cases like Farida. Your support could mean the difference between a child losing the ability to walk, see, hear. We will continue to support these students no matter what.

“My name is Farida, I come from the village of Elmiki where I attended primary school. I am 16 years old and primary school I was admitted to the CEG which my dad heard about at the ALC Center. He was the one who had taken steps to have me admitted to the ALC Center, and it was thanks to the Director of the Center, Mr. Alhassan, that we had a rewarding and convincing interview to accept at the Center. This year, I am in the 9th-grade class attending the Mai Manga OUMARA Secondary Education Complex. Even before being admitted into the 7th grade, I traveled several times to Agadez, to visit sometimes our parents in Agadez, and also those who went into exodus due to insecurity and rebellion in northern Niger. When I arrived at college I immediately noticed that there are more students in my Primary School in Elmiki. Just in the last month of my second year, I lost my mother. This was quite terrible for months because she left us a little sister born just forty days ago. I will never forget the pain I felt all my life. We feel safe at the center.


The Center provides capacity-building courses that we like because we understand better the explanations here and they are less demanding than the courses offered in class at the Center, unlike the college. We felt better than other schoolmates do not have this opportunity. I am so happy to be among the ALC Center students because I met some of them.  Students and I became friends with the Fulani and Tuareg. The hardest moments were when I learned that my mother was very sick. The Center granted me a leave of absence.  When I arrived in the

village I found my mother lying down and very sick, and I had tears in my eyes. With all the care she received, her health was not improving because she was always affected by the disease. A few days later, in the morning, I noticed people coming in the group to our home; my mother's sisters were crying, and I did not understand what was going on. It only later on that I learned that my mother passed away. I cried a lot because she left my very small sisters, and that was last year in February 2017.” -  Farida.


Farida needs your help as do so many other children. Their need is urgent and time is precious. Please support students like Farida, so that they may continue their dreams. Donate Today and help these children get back to better health.

Mar 2, 2018

From a Mentors Perspective

“An enormous number of NGOs have poured tons of money into communities but they leave and then what? We need programs that teach skills and create relationships that will endure.”
– Alhassene Aboubacar, Director of RAIN’s Agadez Learning Center.

Mentor: Safi Guili: Every time that we get ready to start something I invite all of my sponsored students, group everybody together, and discuss with them step by step. There are different challenges that I encounter while working as a mentor. Every time one presents something unknown, there will be difficulties.


For example – since the younger girls have never seen how to make a Tabarma mat, how would they know how? So I need to explain things little by little. I have to provide many examples in order for them to understand learning the craft.


If after I have done some sessions with girls, and they still have not come to understand the weaving, I have to look for another method to help them understand.


In order to make a tabarma mat you must select the right kind of thick straw and buy dye and get an animal skin. To explain I get all of my students in one place. Each one looks for a small stick to wrap with the twine coming from their piece of leather. Then, the pieces of thick straw, already soft after being soaked in water, are placed aside. We pull the cords to a certain distance to create tension on the loom and we fix them in place with a wooden peg in the ground. Sometimes, when weaving with the cord, the girls get lost. I re-explain to them what they need to do to fix it. The girl will follow me and after giving many examples they come to understand.


I talk with the girls about education and health issues in addition to the craft training. Before the program, the girls did not know how to make the mats, but with this program, they learn how. They can now make winnowing pans and with guidance from their mentor, a tabarma mat.


Mentoring has changed my life in many ways. Now I lead discussions about education. I mobilize our community the best I can. For example, at the start of each year, I go around the village and hamlets in order to look for school-age children to enroll in school. This past school year, I bought 8 new students - 4 girls and 4 boys – to attend.

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