Food and Garden

Tsibiri student and nutritious mealNigerien statistics are stark:

  • Life expectancy in Niger is about 53 years, and 25% of children die before the age of five.
  • The average Nigerien earns only $200 annually. The country also claims the highest fertility rate in the world, averaging 7.2 births per woman.
  • Niger is primarily known for its food emergencies, due in large part to the fact that most of the country is covered by desert.
  • Today, half the population (about 7 million people) faces food insecurity.
  • The only major body of water is the Niger River, which runs through the very southwest corner of the country and is unsuitable for large-scale transportation. (www.cia.gov)

Remember Niger Responds

Supporters of Remember Niger have not only provided girls and boys with an education, money has also been raised so that children have access to resources such as medical care and nutritious food.

Specifically, the goal of our food program is to provide:

  • One meal per day is served to all of the kindergarten and poor students.
  • Two meals per day are served to the boarding students (at Tsibiri.)

Over 350 children will receive nutritious meals at the EERN schools.  The money will be raised through our annual Rally for Niger (bike and walk-a-thons) and with the help of youth groups that participate in Hunger Strikes.

Gardens

One of the ways we are helping the schools become self-sufficient and the program sustainable is through the Tsibiri School Garden.  It is hoped that fruits and vegetables can be grown throughout the year. This will add to the food supply as well as improve the nutritional quality of the food.

This project has recently received a boost from the World Food Program and through a Rotary International Grant, which provided funding for an irrigation system, a new motor for the pump, garden tools and seeds.  It has been exciting to watch the garden grow over the past few years!