Help for the disabled
The Remember Niger Coalition is committed to supporting all Nigeriens in accessing quality educational opportunities, particularly those who are underrepresented in education and have the fewest opportunities in Niger, including children with disabilities.
Niamey School for the Deaf
Since 2015, the Remember Niger Coalition has partnered with the Niamey School for the Deaf, a school established in 1982 by the Niamey Association for the Deaf, with an aim to provide high quality learning opportunities for hearing impaired students throughout Niger. The Niamey School for the Deaf serves about 160 children each year.
Remember Niger recently provided support to create a sustainable source of water for students and staff. We installed a solar-powered pump in the existing well and constructed a water tower, which enables them to expand the garden and increase yields of produce. The school garden serves as a hands-on educational tool teaching valuable gardening skills that can benefit students both in school and at home.
The School of Hope for Children with Disabilities
The Remember Niger Coalition and the Maradi Center for People with Disabilities are partnering together to create the School of Hope for Children with Disabilities. The Maradi Center for People with Disabilities is a dynamic resource and vocational training center for people with disabilities in the Maradi region of Niger. The Maradi Handicap Association and the Hosanna Institute work together to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to receive vocational training.
Additionally, the Center provides a specialized tutoring program for children with disabilities, as well as providing tutoring to children whose parents have disabilities. Remember Niger has found that often, it is the children who become constant “helpers” or “guides” for family members with disabilities and, therefore, are excluded from the formal education system themselves. For several years, we have provided school supplies to the Maradi Center, and in 2019, at the Center’s request, we are working with them to build a school community specifically for children with disabilities and children whose parents or families have disabilities. By building a school, many children who have been excluded from education will be able to attend school while their parents are participating in Maradi Center programs.