What We Do

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How Our Programs Work Together  

building resilience to poverty

Access to food, water, education and livelihoods may sound like worthwhile, but unrelated goals. Yet, incorporated into traditional lives and customs, our grassroots programs create a pathway to new opportunity and resilience to poverty. 

All of our programs share a common goal: rural students - especially girls - succeeding in school, food security and women gaining economic empowerment, leading to stronger families and communities. Learn more about how they work in tandem to make it happen.

access to Education

Nomadic children need help to stay in and succeed in school, especially girls. Local women mentors provide guidance, practical skills training, health education and advocacy for at-risk primary school girls. Less than 4% of rural children in Niger reach secondary school. Our Agadez Learning Center provides a place for nomadic students to live, study and pursue their dreams of an education. Learn more.

food and water security

School Market Gardens provide food for nomadic primary school students, enabling them to stay in school. The gardens serve as living classrooms for lessons in organic farming and basic accounting. Women's Community Gardens empower nomadic women to boost their families' food security with shared plots, lessons in agriculture and nutrition and income from cash crops. Hand in hand with food security is access to wells to irrigate crops and provide fresh drinking water - freeing women and children from the daily task of fetching water. Learn more.

Community Enterprise

In rural Niger, opportunities to earn an income are few. RAIN fosters LEGS (Learning and Earning Groups) to support traditional livelihoods. Talented women form artisan cooperatives, mentors engage in herding or other enterprise, form Savings & Loan groups, and share their income with their local schools. Learn more.



Our Work

“Sahel” comes from the Arabic word meaning shore -- the coast between the sands of the vast Sahara desert and the wetter savannah lands to its south.
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