Education  Niger Project #38772

Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School

by Remember Niger Coalition
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Girls Scholarship Recipients
Girls Scholarship Recipients

Dear Friends,

There is a common theme among all of our scholarship recipients. They want to go to school and continue their education in order to use their future profession to help their families, neighbors and country. Below are examples of the declarations that I hear every time I talk with the girls and young women in the scholarship program:

“I want to help the people of Niger.”

“I can use my education to help my country develop.”

“I will become a teacher in order to help other children learn and become the people God created them to be.”

“One day, I will open my own school for girls so that I can encourage more girls to continue their education.”

During my visit to Niger a few weeks ago, my heart was touched by the conversations I had with the high school students in our scholarship program.  Mariama spoke passionately about why she wants to become a lawyer.  She explained that there are many, many youth and young adults in the prisons of Niger. They are stuck there for years because they don’t have a lawyer to represent them. She wants to help them. Farida told me that she wants to go into medicine to become a doctor.  She would like to help young children because there are not enough doctors in Niger to treat everyone.  Farida said that it would bring her a lot of joy to be able to help these children. Each of the nine girls told a similar story.  It was clear that they chose their profession because it was what they wanted to do and it would help them help others.

Thank you for supporting these young women who are being empowered through their education to realize their potential, and in so doing, help the people of Niger!

With gratitude, 

Kara VanderKamp
Executive Director, Remember Niger Coalition

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In 2020, despite the pandemic, flooding, and school closures we were able to continue our mission of unifying people and mobilizing resources to expand quality educational opportunities in Niger, Africa. Thanks to your support, we were able to expand our reach to more young women through our Send 40 Girls to Secondary School Campaign.  This year we want to do even more to create brighter futures for young women and girls in Niger.  

There are too many Nigerien girls who are either left out of the education system or leave school early.  Only 39% of girls in Niger attend primary school and 9% go on to secondary school. These low rates are correlated with the high rates of early marriage.  Over 2/3 of Nigerien girls are married before the age of 18 and 1/3 of girls are married by the age of 15.

The Remember Niger Coalition is addressing these alarming statistics by supporting girls through our Girls Scholarship Program.  Each year, we provide scholarships to over 75 young women so they can continue their education through secondary schoolThese girls and young women have the rare opportunity to fulfill their dreams of becoming doctors, nurses, teachers, scientists and more. This would not be possible without you, our partners! 

Thank you!

Kara VanderKamp

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Scholarship recipients pick up books & supplies
Scholarship recipients pick up books & supplies

I'm happy to report that the school year has started in Niger!  Thanks to you, all of the girls and young women in the Remember Niger Coalition Scholarship Program received their uniforms, books and school supplies and are attending classes.  This includes the nine scholarship recipients at the newly constructed Zinder High School, who are in the photo above. Mariam, pictured in the green patterned outfit in the middle of the girls, has been in our program since 7th grade.  At that time, she wrote the following letter:

Dear Sponsor,

             I am writing this little letter to greet you and thank you for the support I receive from you for my studies. I am 12 years old and I am today in grade 7 of the middle school. I am the eldest of my family and I have 5 brothers and sisters. I am very happy to be in school because we have to have girls succeed in school. So your support is very important to me.

            I love my parents a lot. And I help them in their work at home. At school I am very happy with my class friends. I love to study and succeed in life and later I would be a pride for my country.

           In Niger, it is very hot up to 45 °Celsius (113 °Fahrenheit). There is not much rain during the winter season. We have only 3 months of rain per year and 9 months of drought.

          Thanks again and thank you,

         Mariam

Mariam is now in the 11th grade and is making great progress in her studies! Because of your generosity, Mariam and the other girls in the program will be able to continue their education through secondary school and beyond.  That's a very big deal in a country where only 5% of students go on to high school.

I cannot thank you enough for your support.  We greatly appreciate your partnership.

Sincerely,

Kara VanderKamp

 

 

Mariam with her family
Mariam with her family
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Kara accepts hand made gift crafted by Mari.
Kara accepts hand made gift crafted by Mari.

Dear friends,

Thank you for giving girls in Niger the opportunity to attend secondary school. You are making a tremendous difference in their lives!

The girls and young women who receive scholarships through the Remember Niger Coalition Girls Scholarship Fund would not be able to go to school without your generosity. I wanted to share with you these heartfelt words written by one of our scholarship recipients. Her name is Mariama and she attends the Zinder school. Your support is truly changing lives, which Mariama expresses well in her letter:

Hello, to you my sponsor. It is with great joy full of love that I write you this little letter in which I summarize for you my life as an African. I am Mariama but most people call me Mari. I am in ninth grade at school. I’ve gone to this school since kindergarten. I live with my family. Each morning mom gets up to make breakfast: corn cake, tea, sometimes some really good moringa, called “copto.” Here in Africa, any girl who doesn’t go to school will find herself out in the street, selling onions and bread that she has to make, or else forced into marriage. Thanks to you, we have escaped that life full of difficulty. I do my best at school. Thank you very much.

Thank you for your gifts that are helping Mari and many others to reach their full potential because they are receiving a quality education.

With gratitude,

Kara 

Mari attends Zinder Middle School
Mari attends Zinder Middle School
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The Importance of Scholarships for Middle and High School Aged Girls in Niger

Girls in Niger face significant barriers to obtaining education. Niger ranks among the top five poorest countries in the world. The economic position of the country directly impacts girls’ access to education. With limited resources, families in Niger prioritize boys education and keep girls home to help with house and agricultural work.

Another important barrier to education in Niger is the incidence of early marriage. Overall in Niger, 28% of girls are married before the age of 15 and 76% are married before their 18th birthday (Girls Not Brides).

Scholarships provided by Remember are an effective tool to remove the economic barrier to girls’ education. Families with limited financial resources are more likely to send/support their daughters’ education when there is not a financial impact associated with it.

Remember Niger works in partnership with schools to outreach to families with daughters approaching middle school and with daughters that are already out of school. Outreach activities include providing information on scholarship opportunities for girls as well as information/data on the economic value of educating girls. These approaches support families in their decisions to keep or send their daughters to school.

The benefits of educating girls in Niger are immense. A study from the World Bank estimates that each year of middle school level education provided to a girl provides a 25% increase in her future earnings. Further, providing opportunities for girls to stay in school at the secondary level, delays instances early marriage and brings about the benefits associated with girls getting married and starting families later in life.

Hougé – A Remarkable Scholarship Student

Hougé is a very successful 12th grade scholarship student. She was the first student in the Remember Niger sponsorship program. When she was in the fifth grade at the Zinder primary school, her father passed away and she was in need of financial assistance to attend school. RNC was  able to extend a sponsorship to her so that she could continue her education at the Zinder school. Hougé scored the highest score in the region on the national sixth grade exam. She has remained in school and she continues to excel. She plans to attend university and then she would like to establish a school for girls in her community.

“The thing I wish for, after I pass my exams, is to be useful for Niger. To encourage girls to go to school so they can be useful to our country – and I also have the goal of encouraging my family to enroll their children in school, to put them in a wonderful life like I’m in. And for my community, I want to build a school for girls, to help them like others helped me. That’s what I hope for, once I’ve earned my diploma and found work – I’m going to build a school just to help girls have access to an education.” -Hougé 

Thank you again for your continued support of secondary school girls. We currently have 75 girls receiving scholarships because of your support. 

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Remember Niger Coalition

Location: Holland, MI - USA
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Twitter: @Remember_Niger
Project Leader:
Kara Vanderkamp
Holland, MI United States
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