As Covid-19 caused schools to shut down - in Niger and around the world - we worried about what would happen to girls who were out of school. Would they want to return to school? Would they be able to?
Families were struggling to put food on the table - would they marry their daughters off to ensure they were fed?
That might sound extreme but crises cause families to reevaluate their priorities. In Niger 75% of girls are married by age 18 and 23% of girls are married by 15. We worried that for girls who were already missing school, their families might not see any point in waiting.
We were wrong.
This year, the Agadez Learning Center is hosting 32 middle school youth - our biggest class yet. And we're taking steps to prepare for even more students next year.
One of the changes we've made is that we just installed solar panels this week! Your support has enabled us to keep this project going so that, little by little, we can improve life for the students at the Agadez Learning Center. The solar panels will go a long way in improving both their living and their learning environment. Thank you.
We hope you'll continue to support this project so these kids have the support they need to keep going, throughout this school year and beyond.
Please also consider asking a friend or loved one to join you by matching your gift - we can go so much further together than we can alone.
Don't hesitate to reach out with questions. Otherwise, we'll be sure to send you another update soon!
Finishing the installation
View of the solar panels on top of the girls' dorm
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