Aug 16, 2010

RAIN Food Aid Comes to the Village of Teyiss

Children receive food aid in Teyiss.
Children receive food aid in Teyiss.

In the region of Agadez, not far from Foudouk, there is a small, nomadic community called Teyiss. RAIN is new to Teyiss, though the community was aware of RAIN, hearing wonderful news from their Foudouk neighbors about the ways RAIN was helping the schools and families there. Teyiss is rather isolated and also showed real vulnerablilty to the current food crisis. In response, RAIN added Teyiss to the list of communities to receive food aid in August.

Like Foudouk, Teyiss has also been hit hard by the current drought and food crisis, with the now familiar sad story to tell of their suffering livestock and fears for their families. Prior to the food distribution, a community-wide meeting was held to introduce RAIN, and to plan the transport of food and animal feed to the village. Many expressed their joy and gratification for this assistance, which they had never experienced before. Without hesitation, all came together in contributing to the food transport, carried out in spite of the difficulties of roads washed away by floods.

2.3 tons of food was distributed to the Teyiss school, which supports 31 children. The children and their parents were present for this event, some smiles coming through in spite of the prolonged stress from the crisis. 55 sacks of 50 kg each of animal feed were given to those families determined by the community to be most in need, 55 in all. One individual, speaking on behalf of the recipient families, expressed that this help had come just in time, being a crucial turning point for their remaining animals.

The community of Teyiss expresses their great appreciation to donors, and hopes for continued future partnership with RAIN.

Teyiss community poses with food distribution.
Teyiss community poses with food distribution.
Aug 2, 2010

Food Aid Continues as Communities Wait for Harvest

Students at the School in Tazorat
Students at the School in Tazorat

The status of the food supply in the Iferouane, Gougaram and Ingall communes of the Agadez region of Niger have not improved since our June distributions. Generally, rains are falling in Niger, though the amounts vary greatly among each region. In many regions the pastures are growing, but harvest will not be until September and October. As the grasses grow, there is hope for pasture for animals in August through September.

Though the rainy season in rural Niger makes transportation difficult, RAIN, with help from the communities, was able to carry through with the food deliveries. Students and their families who usually move in the rainy season are staying near the schools to be available for the distribution.

In July, RAIN delivered food aid to schools in the Tadek, Ebourkoum, Tazorat, Mayat, Awiderer and N'tideynaweine regions, to a total of 221 students and their families. The delivery included 3,400 kg of millet, 2,100 kg of rice, 340 kg of oil, 450 kg of sugar, 2,100 kg of beans, and 350 kg of salt.

Continuing the support of livestock, two tons of animal feed were delivered to Foudouk, Niger - a Wodaabe village where 40% of herd animals have perished from the food crisis. A herder related to RAIN staff Abdourahamane Koini that his animals, as well as those of many others, continue to die despite the beginning of rain. In an attempt to eat the small sprouts of grass, already near starving animals ingest little grass but much sand, and perish.

The representatives of Foudouk expressed: "The words to thank the Zakat Foundation, Rain for the Sahel and Sahara, and their supporters escape us, because the animal feed is like gold for us." Community members said that people who had left in futile search for animal pasture were returning to take part in the feed distribution.

This is a frightening time for these communities, waiting with hope against hope for pastureland and successful crops. With you as our partners, we are making our best efforts to carry them through these times to the other side.

Many thanks for your support.

Children in Tadek with Food Aid
Children in Tadek with Food Aid
Two Tons of Animal Feed for Foudouk
Two Tons of Animal Feed for Foudouk

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Jun 15, 2010

Tuareg Mentor Visits New Hampshire From Niger

RAIN Mentor Mari Jasmin Clotaire
RAIN Mentor Mari Jasmin Clotaire

Mari Jasmin Clotaire, a key mentor for the Rain for the Sahel and Sahara (RAIN) Girls’ Mentoring and Scholarship Program will be visiting New Hampshire from June 13th - 28th. During her stay, Clotaire will be the special guest for RAIN’s 2010 Annual Event, Daughters of the Desert, held on June 25th at Three Rivers Farm in Dover. This will be a rare and unique opportunity for Seacoast residents to learn firsthand more about the important work Mari and many other women are doing with RAIN to support girls’ education in Niger.

Mari Jasmin, along with her fellow mentors, work to help Tuareg girls age 9-16 succeed in school, convincing parents and teachers about the importance of their education. In the six years since the program began, more than 500 girls have been performing better and staying in school longer, and more than 80 women have become mentors. It has been a truly touching and productive relationship for both the girls and women.

RAIN is excited to welcome Mari, who looks forward to the opportunity to meet some of RAIN's supporters and friends who make the mentoring program a reality. This is her first time in the U.S., and she will return to Niger with many heartening stories to her fellow mentors and students about the outpouring of support from their American partners.

On June 16th, Global Giving will match every donation by 50%. Make your contribution count even more for Mari Jasmin and for the girls who benefit every day from their wonderful mentors!

 
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