RAIN is well established in Tillaberi - a densely populated region of 2,200,000 people about four hours northwest of the capital, Niamey. People in Tillaberi are among the most food insecure in Niger; yet many receive little or no assistance.
A region several hours from the capital city may not sound remote, but Niger’s poor infrastructure hinders travel. Half of Tillaberi is separated from Niamey by the Niger River. To get there, one must wait for some time, then cross the river on a rickety ferry. Roads to rural schools soon disintegrate into tracks. Recent drought and flooding has exacerbated this isolation.
RAIN works with Tuareg, Wodaabe, Djerma, Gourmantche and other ethnic groups living side by side in Tillaberi. These people represent a mixture of both fully and semi-nomadic lifestyles.
RAIN for the Sahel and Sahara is a nonprofit 501(c)3 working to make a lasting difference in Africa.