Nov 13, 2020

Resilience in the Face of Challenges

Each woman sponsors another to start a herd
Each woman sponsors another to start a herd

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 begin women’s herding collectives in two partner communities. These collectives start small, helping twenty women begin their own herds – but over time, they grow exponentially as each woman sponsors another woman in her village to start a herd, and so on, and so on. In time, this modest investment transforms the local economy, helping develop greater financial independence for all the women in the community.

Herds are the rural Nigerien equivalent of a savings account. A woman with a herd is more resilient, more independent, and better positioned to invest in herself and her family. Not to mention, the herds produce milk that can be consumed or turned into milk or cheese. These dairy products keep a family nourished and can also be sold at the market. Finally, the women in these communities speak of the dignity of being a good host, of being able to serve their guests a cup of fresh milk.

Four goats each for twenty women seems like a small thing but with the ripple effects – the sense of dignity and agency, the ability to provide for one’s family, and the opportunity to give back by sponsoring a neighbor for a herd of her own – this modest project is the catalyst for a community-wide movement.

Thank you for all you’ve done. We hope you’ll continue to support this project to ensure that these women, their families, and their neighbors have the support they need to build and grow – 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!

Goats provide dairy - but also stability & agency
Goats provide dairy - but also stability & agency

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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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