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 for the Sahel and Sahara’s Agadez Learning Center, (ALC) is a place where disadvantaged girls and at risk-boys can come to continue their education. Without this center these rural and nomadic children would have stopped their education at primary school. Thanks to the inviting staff and tutors these students are given a “leg up” in their academics. Parents are afraid of their children going to the city to learn, but will occasionally send their sons to make the journey. They call their daughters “little eggs that we must protect,” but with the ALC their fears are alleviated. The center is a boarding facility that provides room and board along with many other services.

            Some of these other services include mentoring from local women and tutoring. They teach the girls and boys traditional crafts to create income. They explain to students about hygiene and why the school is important giving examples from their own life how education would have helped them. Tutoring is another tool that is given to these students. The local middle and high schools provide teachers to do after school catch up and extra help sessions.

            The Center is looking to expand to allow more children to seek education. RAIN has been given funding to start the project of creating a solar lab after the rainy season comes to an end. This solar lab will act as not only a classroom, but also a library, and study area. The power of the internet to connect young people to the world is only growing. With computers, these underprivileged student can see the world in a completely new way and gain important skills like typing and computer literacy.

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 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.

Hear from the students themselves they are excited about this new opportunity:

Naoudi (14)

At the Center, I like the electric light that makes everything clear as if it is day; the availability of water at the pump without long walks, and no loss of time to draw water. After-school courses are taught by teachers who have mastered their subjects; food is available and suitable for us; bedroom items are available for each student (bed, blanket, sheet, trunk to store our belongings, notebooks, pens....); practical and other learning activities are offered. And finally, RAIN’s staff make available for us everything needed to make our lives pleasant at the center and to allow us to succeed in our schooling. ”

Abdoulwahab (13)

This year’s school is different than last year’s (primary school in the bush) because it is so big. There are many classrooms. They just keep on going and the yard is even bigger. There are a lot of teachers. I want to be a middle school director when I’m big. It does not seem that tiring. He goes around and makes sure everybody is doing a good job. He works in his office and does everything for the school.”

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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 new perspective and understanding. These students come from villages far and wide without to continue their education.   

The Agadez Learning Center is 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. The skill and advancement that the Center provides for many different people is the strength of the Center. The way towards sustainability is through education. The broadening of ideas shall help many of these students.

“I want to become a doctor or a teacher to help my community not be sick and teach so that they can learn,” Hadi.

“When I come home for break I teach others including my mother and my sibling. I teach them about all the things I learn at school,” Naoubi.     

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 is vital as it allows more students the ability to get an education 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.   

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              Having a solar-powered library and computer room will allow students to benefit from information as never before. Many have never seen a laptop, there are no computers in their schools and electricity is not reliable. Help us to share the power of information with eager girls and boys who are eager to bring skills home to help their communities. Our students share intention of providing for their families and communities. Bellol has that intention. This is what is so powerful about the rural and nomadic communities -- they work together to survive and progress.

             The RAIN solar library will give opportunity to students that truly want to empower themselves; who want to succeed. 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 all is rooted in learning. Join Rain for the Sahel and Sahara to help the simplest of dreams – healthy lives, food on table, knowledge of and connection to the world – come true. 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 is vital as it allows more students the ability to get an education 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.   

            Our Agadez Learning Center creates a place for young girls and boys to live in a safe and structured environment where they receive scholarships, tutoring and mentoring. Our students are working toward becoming nurses, teachers, engineers, agriculture specialists and more. But at the public school they attend there are 80 kids in a class, no computers and electricity comes and goes.

             A solar system has been donated to provide power. Help us build a computer lab and library. With computers come valuable skills and, with internet, the ability to research, study and learn in a completely new way. Other countries, peoples and animals will part of their world. Many have never seen a river, pond or ocean.

Donate now for the chance to help build a building that will impact so many and change so many lives. It truly is a chance to help create real differences in the many communities with so little available to them.

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Bellol
Bellol

It’s true; teach a person to fish and she will have a skill that rewards her for the rest of her life. And there are so many things that make our lives better – but only if we know about them.  Those of us with Google at our fingertips satisfy our curiosity every day.

Rain for the Sahel and Sahara is bringing education to nomadic and rural women and children who have never had the opportunity to understand our planet, our climate or the illnesses that bring them low.

RAIN seeks books, computers and knowledge for students who yearn to learn.  Our Agadez Learning Center (ALC) offers room & board, tutoring and mentoring to motivated, smart primary school graduates who have no access to secondary school. For these students, and the society in which they live education is key to poverty.

“When I am at the center I have enough water, food, mats, beds, notebooks and pens and lights at night. I can review my schoolwork whenever I want because we have light at night. Truly the center is very beautiful.” – Bellol.

Having a solar-powered library and computer room will allow students to benefit from information as never before. Many have never seen a laptop, there are no computers in their schools and electricity is not reliable.

Help us to share the power of information with eager girls and boys who are eager to bring skills home to help their communities. Our students share intention of providing for their families and communities. Bellol has that intention. This is what is so powerful about the rural and nomadic communities -- they work together to survive and progress.

The RAIN solar library will give opportunity to students that truly want to empower themselves; who want to succeed. 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 all is rooted in learning. Join Rain for the Sahel and Sahara to help the simplest of dreams – healthy lives, food on table, knowledge of and connection to the world – come true.

Lend a hand to the most needy. They will do so much more than go fishing. Donate now!

Naiwa and Mouda Studying
Naiwa and Mouda Studying
Rakia and Tibourdighoute
Rakia and Tibourdighoute
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Tabourdighoute and Fatimata embroidering
Tabourdighoute and Fatimata embroidering

            At Rain for the Sahel and Sahara 142 women who have never attended school are providing guidance and advocacy to 650 girls and at-risk boys to help them stay in school and succeed there. In a region where fewer than 15% of the children attend school, and those who do attend for an average of only 3 – 4 year, we are seeing the first girls ever graduating from our partner primary schools.

But junior high and high schools are only located in towns too far from our students’ rural homes.

            Our Agadez Learning Center creates a place for young girls and boys to live in a safe and structured environment where they receive scholarships, tutoring and mentoring. Our students are working toward becoming nurses, teachers, engineers, agriculture specialists and more. But at the public school they attend there are 80 kids in a class, no computers and electricity comes and goes.

             A solar system has been donated to provide power. Help us build a computer lab and library. With computers come  valuable skills and, with internet, the ability to research, study and learn in a completely new way. Other countries, peoples and animals will part of their world. Many have never seen a river, pond or ocean.

            “I am very proud to be at the center because there is tutoring, food, water, 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.” – Ghissa

Help Rain for the Sahel and Sahara bring a world of curiosity, knowledge and skill to rural and nomadic girls at risk boys of the Sahara. Donate today to help create a solar computer lab and library to fuel dreams of a better future.

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