RAIN is happy to report that we have successfully installed five new gardens in the Tillaberi region of Niger since January. Installed with the partnership of the Tadiben, Enekre, Tadek, and Abalama communities, they are 100% organic and utilize drip irrigation, with only 25% of the water needed for traditional trough systems. The wells installed with the gardens also provide clean drinking water, as they are protected from the elements and not used by animals.
RAIN is currently building another new garden in partnership with Rotary International for the Bonfeba school -- complete with irrigation system, fencing, seeds, and supplies. As with all RAIN gardens, the Bonfeba garden will have the added benefit of providing food for the school lunch program for the school's 250 students.
Once installed, the gardens are managed by a gardener chosen by the community and trained by RAIN, who in turn provides instruction to the community. Part of the cost of every RAIN garden project is the gardener salary, as well as fuel for the motor pump which pulls the water from the well. After one or two growing seasons, (there are three growing seasons a year in Niger), the gardens are, in addition to providing food for students, generating sufficient cash crops to pay for all of the garden's ongoing expenses from that point forward, creating a truly sustainable and renewable resource for the entire community.
RAIN's gardens, with your help, provide the opportunity for each partner community to invest in their own food security. Thank you! More to come soon.
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