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Skills Training for Nomadic Girls in Niger

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Just $40 provides a nomadic girl in Niger with the skills to build a future!

Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world, with an exceptionally low literacy rate for girls. Although Tuareg and Wodaabe nomads in Niger thrived in the desert for over a thousand years, today they live a marginal existence. Their fertile pastureland has been taken for farming; they are forced to live in ever more arid desert regions where little aid is available. The strongest objection to giving nomadic girls an education is that they are needed to help support the family.

Training nomadic girls in practical skills such as sewing, straw and leather crafts, crocheting, cooking, and gardening allows them to attend school and still contribute to their families. They also gain self sufficiency and a valuable livelihood for the future. Local mentors who provide this practical training encourage these girls to stay in school, and advocate for them with teachers and parents.

You can help. Just $40 provides a nomadic girl in Niger with practical skills training through RAIN's mentoring program.

RAIN's mission is to work with nomadic peoples of West Africa to improve their lives through education, water security, agriculture, and income-producing activities. Staffed by local people, these programs promote literacy and empowerment while sustaining nomadic traditions throughout the Sahel and Sahara.

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