Project #5313

Niger Emergency Food Aid Fund

by Rain for the Sahel and Sahara
Aug 2, 2010

Food Aid Continues as Communities Wait for Harvest

Students at the School in Tazorat
Students at the School in Tazorat

The status of the food supply in the Iferouane, Gougaram and Ingall communes of the Agadez region of Niger have not improved since our June distributions. Generally, rains are falling in Niger, though the amounts vary greatly among each region. In many regions the pastures are growing, but harvest will not be until September and October. As the grasses grow, there is hope for pasture for animals in August through September.

Though the rainy season in rural Niger makes transportation difficult, RAIN, with help from the communities, was able to carry through with the food deliveries. Students and their families who usually move in the rainy season are staying near the schools to be available for the distribution.

In July, RAIN delivered food aid to schools in the Tadek, Ebourkoum, Tazorat, Mayat, Awiderer and N'tideynaweine regions, to a total of 221 students and their families. The delivery included 3,400 kg of millet, 2,100 kg of rice, 340 kg of oil, 450 kg of sugar, 2,100 kg of beans, and 350 kg of salt.

Continuing the support of livestock, two tons of animal feed were delivered to Foudouk, Niger - a Wodaabe village where 40% of herd animals have perished from the food crisis. A herder related to RAIN staff Abdourahamane Koini that his animals, as well as those of many others, continue to die despite the beginning of rain. In an attempt to eat the small sprouts of grass, already near starving animals ingest little grass but much sand, and perish.

The representatives of Foudouk expressed: "The words to thank the Zakat Foundation, Rain for the Sahel and Sahara, and their supporters escape us, because the animal feed is like gold for us." Community members said that people who had left in futile search for animal pasture were returning to take part in the feed distribution.

This is a frightening time for these communities, waiting with hope against hope for pastureland and successful crops. With you as our partners, we are making our best efforts to carry them through these times to the other side.

Many thanks for your support.

Children in Tadek with Food Aid
Children in Tadek with Food Aid
Two Tons of Animal Feed for Foudouk
Two Tons of Animal Feed for Foudouk



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Rain for the Sahel and Sahara

Location: Portsmouth, New Hampshire - USA
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Project Leader:
Whitney Fleming
Manager Communications & Projects
Newmarket, New Hampshire United States

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