Nigerien 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
Nutritious Meals and Food Security through Teaching Gardens
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are able to feed hundreds of students daily meals and snacks. The gardens are flourishing and providing enough bounty to feed students. They contribute to the autonomy and resiliency of individual schools, in addition to serving as classrooms to learn about agriculture and the environment.
Hygiene Education and Sanitation
Annually, thousands of children die in Niger due to preventable water and sanitation related diseases. Thus, our goal is to ensure each partner school has latrines, hand-washing stations, garbage cans, and an understanding of the need to consistently use them. Recently, we have witnessed students habitually washing their hands.
Physical Education Programs
Encouraging physical activity is easy in Niger. Nigeriens love soccer, walk daily, and spend a lot of time outdoors. However, recess equipment is not readily available. Remember Niger provides exercise and playground equipment to each school, and Remember Niger volunteers teach students how to play kickball.