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
Houge (in yellow) is studying to be a doctor.
Houge (in yellow) is studying to be a doctor.
Thanks to your generosity, Remember Niger continues to enable girls to go to secondary school through our Girls Scholarship Program.  During the 2021-22 academic school year, Remember Niger is sponsoring girls at secondary school in the towns of Zinder, Tahoua and Tsibiri.  As girls successfully complete high school, it has been our dream to make sure that those girls who want to continue on to university are able to do so. Your contributions to the scholarship program is are making that dream a reality! 

We'd like to introduce you to Hougé, the very first student in the Remember Niger Scholarship Program.  Hougé inspires us because she is a shining example of what a young person can achieve when given the opportunity. When she was in the fifth grade,  Hougé's father passed away and she needed financial assistance to continue her education. Fortunately, Remember Niger was able to extend a scholarship to her. Hougé scored the highest score in the region on the national sixth grade exam and was given the opportunity to go to middle school through Remember Niger's Girls Scholarship Program. She graduated from high school in 2020 and is now attending the university in Niger where she is pursuing a medical degree. She plans to be a doctor so that she can help others in her community.  She also talks passionately about encouraging girls in her family and community to stay in school. Only 9% of Nigerien girls attend middle school and that number goes down to less than 5% for high school.  

Remember Niger works to improve school infrastructure, provide teacher training, and enable students to receive quality education.  Our Girls Scholarship Program, which enables girls to continue their education past primary school and achieve their dreams of being the change in their country, is an integral aspect of our work.  Thank you for your commitment to providing more opportunities for quality education for secondary school girls in Niger.

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Nadia is looking forward to returning to school!
Nadia is looking forward to returning to school!

“Girls who receive an education are less likely to marry young and more likely to lead healthy, productive lives. They earn higher incomes, participate in the decisions that most affect them, and build better futures for themselves and their families. Girls' education strengthens economies and reduces inequality.”*

Dear Friends,

I had the privilege of meeting Nadia during a recent trip to Niger. Nadia is fifteen years old and was forced to leave middle school when she became accutely ill with a kidney disease.  She had to stay in the hospital for several months. When she tried to return to school the director explained that she was no longer enrolled because she had missed too many days of class. Instead of being given the opportunity to repeat the school year, she was told that her education career was over. Like too many other girls in Niger, Nadia is very intelligent and deserves to stay in school to realize her vision for her life.  Her desire is to become a doctor so that she can treat children in her community who need help.

I'm happy to report that thanks to your support Nadia will attend school this year! Nadia's father is thrilled that his daughter has this opportunity.  When we met with him, he readily aggreed that she is very intelligent and belongs back in school.  Unfortunately, he does not have the financial means to to make that happen.  But, because to your generosity, she will be able to continue her education. 

Thank you for helping us provide Nadia and many other girls like her with the gift of education! 

Kara VanderKamp

Executive Director, Remember Niger Coalition

*UNICEF Girls Education

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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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Remember Niger Coalition

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