Nov 9, 2017

Niger Student's Need Supplies


The Agadez Learning Center needs to expand in order to accommodate its existing students that board there. You can make the ALC into an oasis of knowledge and stability in a country where 61% of people are illiterate. Our goal is to create a place that can house upwards of 50 students to continue their education past primary school. Education is extremely important to RAIN as we have mentors in dozens of communities and they have proven to increase retention of students upwards of 20%. Our immediate goals are  

  • Construct separate girls bathroom
  • Construct library and media center for computer lessons
  • Construct 4 classrooms for after-school classes
  • Construct additions to existing dorms to accommodate students
  • Build French library collection and computer learning tools
  • Furniture for the new buildings
  • Replace older materials (beds, shelving, etc)

These are necessities with the new build comes solar powered classrooms and increased sustainability. It isn’t hard to see that there is need in Niger one of the poorest countries in the world according to UNDP reports. With these physical changes you can make lasting, touchable impact on dozens of families. You will be setting up Niger’s future leaders for success.

Abarta an ALC student from the village Tagdoumt shares her perspective on the Center:

“At the center I can really study well. There is light for us to study at night and there is enough water for all our needs. We have mutton on Sunday’s in our meal. We have a cook too. There are also bathrooms and everything that we need.

We also have teachers to tutor us at the center. In order for us to study it is important for us to know about historical documents and to know how to read and write for ourselves.”

These children need a leg up in the world, won’t you help provide them with tangible help. You can change these student’s lives and pave the future for Niger. These buildings will help students with no access to education become leaders in their communities and go on to change the world.

Sep 5, 2017

Life as a Mentor

The literacy rate for nomadic people in Niger is less than 15%, and is even lower for girls. Girls especially face cultural and financial obstacles to staying in primary school - 1 in 5 will marry before their 15th birthday. Those who do attend often drop out after only three years. RAIN’s mentoring program offers solutions to these obstacles. We looked at the long standing nomadic tradition of women educating their children, RAIN than recruit’s local women as mentors.  This encourages at-risk girls to succeed in school and advocating with their families and teachers. Walking miles to meet with their students, mentors counsel in life choices and teach valuable practical skills, committed to providing the new generation of girls the opportunities they never had. Over the years, mentored girls have consistently succeeded in greater numbers than their peers, and several communities are seeing girl’s graduate primary school for the first time.

                Let us meet a mentor. Hadiza is a 44 year old woman with 8 children. When asked why she decided to join RAIN’s program she stated:

Hadiza: “I agreed to do this work to contribute to the progress of our village. If the children are not educated, their future is in jeopardy, and so parents like myself wish to take action. I feel it is my duty to help the children succeed in school.”

RAIN: “Since you have become a mentor, what changes, if any, have you noticed in your life?”

Hadiza: “Everyone agrees that there have been many changes in our lives since we became mentors. The parents of the students respect us. The teachers regard us as colleagues. Even the village authorities increasingly engage us in community meetings, especially in matters regarding the school. We are regularly trained by RAIN on important topics. All these aspects open us more each day to a new spirit of action. Additionally, the benefits RAIN offers to mentors have helped me to manage problems and support my family.”

RAIN: “Are there any conflicts that arise between you and the parents of the students?”

Hadiza: “I’ve been fortunate so far that there have been no conflicts between me and the families of my students. If I notice that there is something that is not working well with the child, I consult the parents, and we discuss until we reach an understanding; then we plan the approach to the problem together.”

Hadiza continues on to speak of her commitment to the community and especially the children. She mentions that the mentors are all striving toward the elimination of illiteracy. Not only will that help the students, but the mentors as well.

Aug 16, 2017

Women's Garden Giving Opportunity

There is no electricity and little infrastructure in the village of Tirboye and the community struggles to feed itself. Located in one of the least food secure regions of one of the poorest countries in the world, Tirboye is hard to access by road and so, in spite of its need, it receives little aid. RAIN has partnered with the Tirboye community to establish a school market garden to achieve greater food security in the area.

Through technical and financial support, Tirboye has become home to two drip irrigation systems which allow fields to be productive during multiple seasons, rather than lying fallow for three quarters of the year. The community has also been trained in using bio pesticides. As a result, the community is able to grow produce including tomatoes and lettuce and has mango, guava, lemon and Sahel apple trees. The garden is tended by women in the community who volunteer their time to this effort. Such community support is vital to the success of these garden programs. Each participant contributes revenue from cash crops to finance the system’s maintenance; they work together to tend not only to the field but to operations and sales as well. 

In addition to supporting the garden and themselves, the women use their funds to support local schools. Between the nutritional and economic benefits of the garden, school enrollment in Tirboye has increased by 25%.

While the garden has proven to be a success thus far, the community continues to struggle with food shortages. With your help, the women and children of Tirboye can continue to benefit from the garden’s nutritious produce, they can continue to learn about sustainable agriculture techniques and develop the garden through ongoing training, and they can care for themselves and their community with the profit reaped from cash crops. 

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