Education  Niger Project #23950

Bring Lights, Books and Computers to Niger

by Rain for the Sahel and Sahara
Bring Lights, Books and Computers to Niger
Bring Lights, Books and Computers to Niger
Bring Lights, Books and Computers to Niger
Bring Lights, Books and Computers to Niger
Bring Lights, Books and Computers to Niger
Bring Lights, Books and Computers to Niger

 

RAIN is constantly expanding or improving our programs. With the build capacity fund, we are looking to create permanent structural changes to the Agadez Learning Center. This will allow for more students to access the Center and for the facilities to accommodate that growth. These structural changes include the creation of two more classrooms, a bathroom, a solar-powered lab, and staffing space.

Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world. It has a literacy rate of 15% and 61% of Nigeriens live on $1 dollar a day. In order to give these rural and nomadic people a chance to thrive, we must help our West African friends. Their struggle is our struggle too. Change starts with education and it starts with the children.

The Agadez Learning Center is making the move to expand. RAIN wants to create a building that is able to hold books and knowledge for students that wish to learn.  The ALC is one of the most important and vital parts of RAIN’s programs. It is the key to bringing education and ending circular poverty. This is most important to the young women and girls, many of whom have the potential of been married young and never having the chance to finish their education. RAIN helps give skills and informed knowledge to illiterate women mentors, who turn into activists. They encourage girls to stay in school by telling them about their struggles.

The expansion of the ALC will allow more students to benefit from computers and information not available to them without one. Many students have never seen a laptop and computer skills are lacking in the country. This would give them a step up in their communities and also give them practical skills that are desirable. Children will become curious and creative.  Students will research at the library and use the internet to learn and study. They all have the intention of providing for their communities and families. This is what is so powerful about the rural and nomadic communities, they work together to survive and give back to one another. The solar library will give a new opportunity to students that truly want to empower themselves and who want to succeed. The continued support and growth of the learning center are vital as it allows more students the ability to get an education to have support and guidance. RAIN needs your help to build this special space. Having a place that promotes opportunity is so rare in West Africa. Support for these remarkable people comes in many forms from RAIN, but its best is education. Come to join Rain for the Sahel and Sahara as we push students toward their dreams and ambitions.   

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            The Agadez Learning Center is making the move to expand. RAIN wants to create a building that is able to hold books and knowledge for students that wish to learn.  The ALC is one of the most important and vital parts of RAIN’s programs. It is the key to bringing education and ending circular poverty.

            This is most important to the young women and girls, many of whom have the potential of been married young and never having the chance to finish their education. RAIN helps give skills and informed knowledge to illiterate women mentors, who turn into activists. They encourage girls to stay in school by telling them about their struggles.

            The expansion of the ALC will allow more students to benefit from computers and information not available to them without one. Many students have never seen a laptop and computer skills are lacking in the country. This would give them a step up in their communities and also give them practical skills that are desirable. Children will become curious and creative. 

            Students will research at the library and use the internet to learn and study. They all have the intention of providing for their communities and families. This is what is so powerful about the rural and nomadic communities, they work together to survive and give back to one another. The solar library will give a new opportunity to students that truly want to empower themselves and who want to succeed. The continued support and growth of the learning center are vital as it allows more students the ability to get an education to have support and guidance.

            RAIN needs your help to build this special space. Having a place that promotes opportunity is so rare in West Africa. Support for these remarkable people comes in many forms from RAIN, but its best is education. Come join Rain for the Sahel and Sahara as we push students toward their dreams and ambitions.

  • Construct separate girl’s bathroom
  • Construct library and media center for computer lessons
  • Construct 4 classrooms for after-school classes
  • Construct additions to existing dorms to accommodate students
  • Build French library collection and computer learning tools
  • Furniture for the new buildings
  • Replace older materials (beds, shelving, etc)

            The solar lab is being sponsored in part by the Portsmouth Rotary Club and by donors like you. This faculty will empower rural nomadic children to explore their curiosity and develop a love for knowledge. With more access come more opportunities. These children will be given the ability to see the world and be given a new perspective and understanding. These students come from villages far and wide without to continue their education.

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 Mouda an Agadez Learning Center student came to the Center from a place of poverty and lack of opportunity. She is a motivated and bright individual. Many of the other children her age cannot continue their education past primary school, due to distance, lack of funds, or parents that would rather have them help around the home.  The ALC houses motivated and determined children like Mouda and allow them to continue their education. The Center provides a living space for students that would not have access to secondary school. Students are provided with afterschool lessons from local teachers, food, water, electricity, traditional crafts, and life skills lessons. Progress is being made on many fronts. We have designs for an expansion to the center that would include: a separated girl’s restroom, facility for the director to live on site (for extra security), and the solar computer lab/classroom.

Currently, the Center can house fifty students. RAIN currently is sponsoring 31 students. With these added facilities students will be able to have access to the internet and learn about things that they have never dreamed of. In expanding these students will have more opportunities and be better prepared for the future.

 "My parents are poor and cannot help with my education. When we compare our lives with our friends who aren’t at the center, it is easy to see that we have so many more opportunities than other girls. We hope that our other friends can also benefit from RAIN's support." - ALC Student Mouda

Students like Mouda need to be supported in order to have a voice. They have the solar equipment, now they just need the building. Help us create a more sustainable future for these at-risk children. During this troubling time right before the “hunger season,” the ALC will need as much help as possible, so will our partner communities.

With your support, Mouda and others like her will have the chance to change their lives and communities. It starts with you, you are the catalyst for change! 

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Abarta
Abarta

The Agadez Learning Center needs to expand in order to accommodate its existing students that board there. You can make the ALC into an oasis of knowledge and stability in a country where 61% of people are illiterate. Our goal is to create a place that can house upwards of 50 students to continue their education past primary school. Education is extremely important to RAIN as we have mentors in dozens of communities and they have proven to increase retention of students upwards of 20%. Our immediate goals are  

  • Construct separate girls bathroom
  • Construct library and media center for computer lessons
  • Construct 4 classrooms for after-school classes
  • Construct additions to existing dorms to accommodate students
  • Build French library collection and computer learning tools
  • Furniture for the new buildings
  • Replace older materials (beds, shelving, etc)

These are necessities with the new build comes solar powered classrooms and increased sustainability. It isn’t hard to see that there is need in Niger one of the poorest countries in the world according to UNDP reports. With these physical changes you can make lasting, touchable impact on dozens of families. You will be setting up Niger’s future leaders for success.

Abarta an ALC student from the village Tagdoumt shares her perspective on the Center:

“At the center I can really study well. There is light for us to study at night and there is enough water for all our needs. We have mutton on Sunday’s in our meal. We have a cook too. There are also bathrooms and everything that we need.

We also have teachers to tutor us at the center. In order for us to study it is important for us to know about historical documents and to know how to read and write for ourselves.”

These children need a leg up in the world, won’t you help provide them with tangible help. You can change these student’s lives and pave the future for Niger. These buildings will help students with no access to education become leaders in their communities and go on to change the world.

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We are trying to expand the Agadez Learning Center using sustainable energy practices and fantastic local architects. The Agadez Learning Center in Agadez, Niger is a home away from home for many rural and nomadic students that would otherwise have no access to education. Our 25 students receive boarding, food, tutoring, traditional craft training and much more. These students are being mentored to shine and perform so they may have more opportunities and success.

All of our students are grateful for the chance to study at the ALC. If they had chosen to continue their schooling without being accepted into our program they would have met many hardships. The government of Niger doesn’t fund schools adequately and staffing shortages give the rural population limited options.  Because of these unfortunate circumstances many children are left behind in their education. As one student Ghissa, from the ALC described the alternative:

“If I were not at the center things would be difficult in terms of my studies because in our village there is no middle school. It’s necessary to go to Ingal (60 miles) to study. But there is no tutoring for students after school. Also, we would have to prepare our own meals. Our parents must send money to buy food, and it is hard.

I am very proud to be at the center because there is tutoring, food, light, water faucets, a cook and guards. We also have beds and mattresses and school supplies that we would not have on our own. There are also good rules at the center. They have built nice rooms for us. There are always good meals for us.”

Our goal is to create a solar library and additional housing so we can bring more children access to education and sustainable skills. We hope to bring in an additional 25 students to the ALC. We already help hundreds of students across Niger with our mentoring program, but we need your support.

  • The 595 students--78% girls -- are succeeding in school with the help of 127 RAIN women mentors.
  • Programs this year, reached 14,000 people.
  • 25 nomadic students pursuing secondary schooling with scholarships to the our Agadez Learning Center.

Please help us reach more at-risk girls and boys in Niger. You’ll be helping a child grow and creating sustainable livelihoods.  

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Location: Portsmouth, New Hampshire - USA
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Jacob Dolan-Bath
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