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Plan partnered with the UN World Food Programme to help distribute monthly food rations at the Taberary Barey refugee camp.

Plan partnered with the UN World Food Programme to help distribute monthly food rations at the Taberary Barey refugee camp.

When an emergency strikes, everything you once knew changes right before your eyes. Suddenly, life takes a sharp, unpredictable turn, tossing any sense of normalcy out the window. The future is uncertain.

This is life for thousands living in a refugee camp in Niger. A lingering food crisis in the region further complicated by conflict in Mali caused Malians to flee their country. As a result, displaced families and children arrived in neighbouring Niger, calling the Tabarey-Barey refugee camp their new home.

Patiently waiting for change

Plan has been managing and coordinating the Tabarey-Barey refugee camp in Niger since July, 2012. Today, nearly 9,500 people reside in the camp, 60% of whom are children.

Working with the government of Niger, Plan is providing assistance and protection to refugees, especially young children affected by the crisis. The goal is to ensure families have access to basic needs, like food, water and education during this crisis.

Making an impact in times of uncertainty

Plan Canada has been supporting activities in and around the refugee camp over the last year. In particular, our partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme has helped provide the following:

  • General food distribution to over 8,900 individuals
  • Blanket feeding to all children under the age of 5 (which includes 3 nutritious meals per day)
  • Constructing 8 temporary structures that provide shelter to families while receiving food
  • Building 5 child-friendly spaces and training Plan and partner staff how to run these spaces
  • Providing second-hand clothing and non-food items to families, like blankets and cooking pots
  • Providing information sessions so families learn how food rations are distributed
  • Providing information sessions to pregnant women and new mothers about water and sanitation, hand-washing and disease prevention.
Supporting students, mothers and their newborns
Girls take part in activities at one of the child-friendly spaces supported by Plan.

Girls take part in activities at one of the child-friendly spaces supported by Plan.

In the community of Tillabéri, where the refugee camp resides, Plan is also implementing school feeding programs and overseeing the development of school gardensat 4 primary schools. These programs ensure children stay nourished while receiving an education.

Our newest project will help food distributions get to over 15,000 people in the commune of Kourtey, in Tillabéri, helping vulnerable families access the support they need. Children under two years old, pregnant and lactating women will receive supplementary feeding rations to help keep them healthy.

And finally, Plan is building 3 new boreholes in Tillabéri, and rehabilitating 2 existing holes. Plan’s also helping to improve 6 nutritional recovery centres in the community, which contain latrines, hand-washing stations and more!

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