Mar 16, 2020

Growing with RAIN: Girls Reaching New Heights

Over 300 Nigerien girls are being mentored this year and this mentorship is paying off! While enrollment across Niger is still quite low, enrollment is growing in our partner schools. Last year, girls represented just 41% of students at the Aouderas Middle School. Now, girls make up 51% of the student body. With the support of local mentors, more and more girls are enrolling and they're succeeding! 

Last year, the Aouderas Middle School had a 78% success rate on the National Exam. That's 3x higher than the success rate in the regional capital. One of the mentored girls earned the highest grades in the entire department. There's nothing better to show girls they can succeed than seeing the successes of their friends and neighbors. 

RAIN Mentor Tanalher talks about a young girl from her community who dropped out of school for 2 years. She had started middle school but abandoned it because she didn't have the support she needed to succeed. She returned home, feeling hopeless and without direction. Through the encouragement of the local mentors, she resumed her studies, completed middle school, and this year began high school! This is a significant achievement in a community where so few people complete elementary school. 

She says "I am emotional and can’t find the words to describe my feelings, I know that thanks to your initiative, my life has changed for the better. I was living without an objective, without a vision for the future, but now I’m fulfilled, full of vision and clarity. I am confident in the future."

GlobalGiving donors like you have made this possible for young girls throughout Niger. You are creating opportunity through education. Thank you for your generosity and for ensuring girls receive the support they need to thrive. 

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Mar 16, 2020

Opportunities for Growth

With your support, we've worked to provide partners in Nassilé and Tagantassou with critical resources to build environmentally sustainable food and water systems.

With last year's well installations, the women have had the opportunity to expand their gardens. They have established an additional 62.5 sq meters in individual plots and 750 sq meters of new shared plots meaning more food for their families and more produce to sell in the market too! Community funds in Nassile increased 94% over the previous year.

These gardens supply food directly to 300 community members and over 1,000 additional adults and children from neighboring communities benefit from the wells and market sales. 

RAIN's Agricultural Specialist, Abdoulsalam Dourkari reflects on how far the women in the community have come:

“In Nassile, in the beginning they didn’t know vegetables at all, they thought tomatoes were mangoes… but now they’re on their own. They recognize that plants like eggplant can regenerate at the right season to produce twice as much!” 

Both communities established local management committees for the wells and gardens to ensure true community ownership and sustainability over time. 

We're looking to bring this opportunity to women in two new communities in the Agadez region. In one community, Betarmatas, the women are so enthusiastic they have already begun work to clear space for a garden.

This work is only possible because of the generosity of GlobalGiving donors, like you. Thank you for helping these women and their communities to grow and thrive. 

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Dec 31, 2019

You help kids like Maoude

Imagine if you’d had to leave school at 5th grade. Think how different your life would be.

For many Nigeriens, this is the best case scenario.

Young Nigeriens from rural areas rarely have the opportunity to attend middle school. Almost no one has a local middle school in their village! Now students don’t have to give up – thanks to YOU. Since 2013, you have given students a chance through the Agadez Learning Center.

The situation is not hopeless. With access to opportunity, kids succeed.

 

Maoude is a powerful case in point!

Will you give today to help ensure education doesn't stop at 5th grade?

Maoude grew up outside a small village in rural Niger. His opportunities were limited. Fortunately, Maoude was one of the first students at the learning center and in 2016, after completing middle school, you gave him the chance to go to high school.

Already, his story was a success. But Maoude went on to do more.

This fall, Maoude began his freshman year at the University of Agadez where he is studying Biology and Environmental Studies. Maoude and his friend, Alabouri, also an ALC graduate, are the ONLY TWO Wodaabe Fulani students at the university. Without you, they would not have made it there at all.

Thank you for giving Maoude the chance of a lifetime to go to college.

Now, Maoude is following in your footsteps. Last month, Maoude joined several recruitment trips to help more Wodaabe Fulani students to access secondary school.

Maoude represents what can be achieved through your partnership. He is doing his part to ensure more bright minds have the opportunities they deserve – to explore, to grow, and eventually to give back.

You believe in these kids – You care, and it makes all the difference.

 
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