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.
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Many people in Niger have suffered from droughts and an inability to find food. Through CARE's Village Savings and Loan program, Mamata Tinou began a cereal bank in her village of Genki.
SAHEL HUNGER CRISIS
Drought, erratic rains, failed crops, soaring food prices and regional instabilities have left more than 18.7 million people at risk of starvation in the Sahel region of west Africa.
Stategies, Results and Impacts of Evaluations 2011 - 2013
Men Engage Initiative: CARE Niger (2011-2013)
The Men Engage Initiative in Niger is part of the women’s empowerment program that focuses on working with men as allies and people who benefit from women’s equality. The program works to get men involved in more household work and many anti-poverty programs. Some of its activities are:
Updated January 2014
CARE has conducted our emergency response operations in Chad, Mali and Niger, reaching people in these countries with immediate lifesaving assistance and long-term programs that address resilience among the most vulnerable people in the face of recurring crises by:
"The world needs to accept that many parts of Niger and the Sahel are now in a state of chronic crisis," explained Barbara Jackson, Humanitarian Director, CARE International, in 2012.
An overview of the Sahel Humanitarian Response Plan 2014-1016
The thick calloused soles of the feet of the women with whom I sat in the tiny village of Maijanjaré in Niger, seven hours by road away from the capital Niamey, tell their own story. It is a story of many hardships, of back-breaking labor to dig a bit of land in extremely rocky, hard and dry soil in order to plant and hopefully harvest a bit of millet. It is a story of having to walk two hours each day to collect water.