Niger

Country Info

CARE Niger was established in 1974 in response to famine and has worked on several food security projects since then. The program currently focuses on health and nutrition, natural resources management, education, local governance, conflict resolution, women’s empowerment, microfinance, disaster risk reduction, and emergency preparedness and response.

Niger is the birthplace of our successful and often-replicated Village Savings and Loan Associations program, which economically empowers women and raises their social and political status. The project is known as ‘Mata Masu Dubara’ (MMD), or “ingenious women” or “women on the move.”

Since 2009, CARE Niger has been focusing on creating partnerships with civil society to encourage more sustainable development. The Strategic Plan for 2010-2015 emphasizes disaster risk reduction, strengthens emergency response and prevention, and aims to help create sustainable livelihoods for 150,000 households in extreme poverty.

Our Work in Niger

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.

Microfinance

There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Youth Empowerment

Addressing the needs of the 1.8 billion young people in the world is critical to ending poverty.

Girls' Education

The majority of the 57 million children out of school are girls — their future is at risk.

Family Planning

Family planning is a proven strategy in reducing maternal mortality.

Child Survival

This year, more than 7 million children will die before their 5th birthday.

Clean Water

Access to clean water and decent toilets saves lives and helps families and communities prosper.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Maternal Health

Hundreds of thousands of women die in pregnancy and childbirth, mostly from preventable causes.

Climate Change

Climate change threatens the very survival of people living in poverty all over the world.

Child Marriage

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at great risk.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

Latest News from Niger

Sahel Regional Crisis: Starting over in Sayam
7/6/15

Inspired by the strength of those who have lost everything

Fatouma Zara Soumana is part of CARE’s Gender in Emergencies Team based in Niger. Here she talks about her job and how she balances travels and family life.

As an emergency manager,...
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Sahel Regional Crisis: Starting over in Sayam

A growing family struggles to survive in a refugee camp supported by CARE in Niger.

“My name is Balkissa*, I am 30 years old and the mother of four children. My husband’s name is Amadou, and together with our children we fled our home town of Damassak, Nigeria, when it was attacked by armed groups.

In Damassak, my husband was a farmer. I stayed at home looking after our children and sold some fruits and vegetables from our own garden at the market.

We had heard talk of armed groups launching attacks in other villages, and rumours circulated that soon...

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Sahel: CARE calls for regional investment plan to break cycle of humanitarian crises

Food insecurity and displacement place heavy burden on poor communities

NIAMEY, Niger—(July 6, 2015)-- The international humanitarian organization CARE is gravely concerned by the increasing risk of hunger and vulnerability of millions of people in the Sahel region of West Africa. The ability of communities in Mali, Niger, Chad and other countries to cope with chronic food insecurity has been severely weakened by erratic weather patterns, epidemics and conflicts. The recent surge in population displacement will put these communities beyond the brink,...

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Niger: A Patient Community

Seated in a circle around a savings box on a sand floor in the village of Hamdallaye in Niger, 24 women have found their way out of poverty – together.

"Can number seven please approach?"

Number seven stands up from the patterned straw mat, rubs away the folds in her pink dress and approaches the five women that have been elected to run the savings box. She puts this week’s savings amount in a blue plastic bowl before the notes are moved over to the box.

The secretary of the group, Ramatou Yayé (45), arranges her white laced hijab. She opens her...

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Nigeria Refugee Crisis: Two Women, a Shared Fate

Gambo and Hadja both fled Northern Nigeria with their children to seek shelter and peace in Niger. Their lives are put on hold.

“How old are you?” The woman chuckles and responds with a smile: “37, I think. Last time someone asked that question, I said 50 and people thought that was too old. So now I am 37.”

Gambo Moussa sits on a mat surrounded by blankets, mosquito nets, buckets and other relief items. She chats with Ibrahim Boukari who manages CARE’s emergency response in the Eastern region of Diffa in Niger. Today, CARE organized a distribution of relief...

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Nigeria Refugee Crisis: Alive is Better Than Anything Else

Fana is 17 years old. But the horrors she has lived through in Nigeria are enough for a lifetime.

Gagamari used to be a quiet place. The village in the far East of Niger lies around 12 kilometers from the border with Nigeria. Here, in the heart of West Africa’s Sahel region, life evolves around the daily struggle to find enough food and water. Since late autumn of 2014, the people of Gagamari share what little they have with hundreds of refugees from Northern Nigeria who have found shelter here. Violence has forced them to leave their home and live in makeshift shelters...

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Nigeria Refugee Crisis: 40 More Mouths to Feed

Over 80% of refugees from Nigeria have found shelter in host families in Niger, most of them poor and chronically hungry themselves. This is an account of humbling hospitality and one woman’s strength.

"A cow has to carry her horns, even if they are heavy." Rahamatou Ousmane has an infectious smile. The 42-year-old mother of five wears a bright green headscarf and a dress of the same fabric. She is a resident of Nguel Kolo, a small village in Eastern Niger close to the border with Nigeria. So what exactly is the weight that Rahamatou is talking about? She has seven...

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Factsheet: Western Africa Refugee Crisis

Refugee Crisis: “Alive is better than anything else”

Fana is 17 years old. But the horrors she has lived through in Nigeria are enough for a lifetime.

Gagamari used to be a quiet place. The village in the far East of Niger lies around 12 kilometers from the border with Nigeria. Here, in the heart of West Africa’s Sahel region, life evolves around the daily struggle to find enough food and water. Since late autumn of 2014, the people of Gagamari share what little they have with hundreds of refugees from Northern Nigeria who have found shelter here. Violence has forced them to leave their home and live in makeshift shelters...

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Factsheet: Western Africa Refugee Crisis

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