Children
 Niger
Project #5313

Niger Emergency Food Aid Fund

by Rain for the Sahel and Sahara
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Summary

Drought and high food costs have put 8 million people in Niger at risk of severe malnutrition and death. RAIN provides school food programs and grain for nomads' herds -- their source of life.
$940
total raised
17
donors
0
monthly donors
6
years active

Challenge

Poor rainfall and sharp increases in the cost of food are causing a food crisis in West Africa, with Niger the hardest hit country, according to the Red Cross, Oxfam and the UN World Food Program. In Niger there are 8 million people at risk of severe malnutrition or death. The crisis is also affecting education -- as nomadic parents are taking their children from boarding schools, which are unable to provide meals. These families travel great distances in search of sustenance, often failing.

Solution

RAIN will provide lunches through the end of the school year, then residential summer programs for children in need, as well offering feed, subsidized if able to pay, or free, for livestock- the nomads' source of meat, milk and income.

Long-Term Impact

Niger is still feeling the effects of the terrible drought of 2005; which caused widespread starvation. This year's rains were sparse and nomads cannot find pastureland. When animals die, food security dies with them, and families cannot recover.

Resources

http:/​/​www.rain4sahara.org
Oxfam America About Impending Food Crisis in Niger
UN World Food Program Prepares for Looming Famine

Organization Information

Rain for the Sahel and Sahara

Location: Portsmouth, New Hampshire - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.rain4sahara.org
Project Leader:
Whitney Fleming
Manager Communications & Projects
Newmarket, New Hampshire United States

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

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