Mentoring for At-Risk Nomadic Girls in Rural Niger

by Rain for the Sahel and Sahara
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Mentoring for At-Risk Nomadic Girls in Rural Niger
Mentoring for At-Risk Nomadic Girls in Rural Niger
Mentoring for At-Risk Nomadic Girls in Rural Niger
Mentoring for At-Risk Nomadic Girls in Rural Niger
Mentoring for At-Risk Nomadic Girls in Rural Niger
Mentoring for At-Risk Nomadic Girls in Rural Niger
Mentoring for At-Risk Nomadic Girls in Rural Niger
Mentoring for At-Risk Nomadic Girls in Rural Niger
Mentoring for At-Risk Nomadic Girls in Rural Niger
Mentoring for At-Risk Nomadic Girls in Rural Niger
Mentoring for At-Risk Nomadic Girls in Rural Niger
Mentoring for At-Risk Nomadic Girls in Rural Niger
Mentoring for At-Risk Nomadic Girls in Rural Niger
Mentoring for At-Risk Nomadic Girls in Rural Niger
Mentoring for At-Risk Nomadic Girls in Rural Niger
Mentoring for At-Risk Nomadic Girls in Rural Niger
Mentoring for At-Risk Nomadic Girls in Rural Niger
Jun 29, 2022

From Here to There

Students enjoying some down time between classes.
Students enjoying some down time between classes.
Many children in Niger live in rural areas with no local middle school.  Imagine sending your 12-year-old daughter to school knowing she will have to walk over 4 miles to get there and another 4 to get home. It's no wonder so many students drop out.

With no local access to middle school, parents are often left with the choice to keep their children home after finishing elementary school or to send them away, unsupervised, to pursue their education in a larger city.

While we can't move families closer to school, RAIN's mentoring program addresses the obstacle of distance in other ways. Mentors help children with their studies, work with students and their families to better navigate the school system, conduct home visits to address absences, and provide safe spaces to engage with girls on sensitive topics, all while reinforcing the importance of education.

Hear from one of our mentees about how RAIN's mentoring program helped her stay in school, despite the distance.

"I am Fatima. I am 12 years old and I come from the village of Ankaf in the commune of Ingal. My house is 7 km from the school. My mentor's name is Mariama. She gives me wise advice.
I like the mentoring program, which allows me to study. The 
mentoring program has also helped me to improve my grades. It allowed me to be 6th in my class. Without the mentoring program, I could have given up because of the distance from our home to the school."

We can all use a bit of support to get us where we're going.  Your support enables young girls like Fatima to navigate paths to brighter futures.

We are grateful to donors like you who support RAIN's partner communities so generously.  As we've said, none of us can do it alone and we certainly could not do it without you.

Mentors from the village of Tabala
Mentors from the village of Tabala

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