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Capital: Niamey

Language: French

Population: 17 million

Plan International has worked in Niger since 1998, helping children living in poverty access their rights to health, education and protection. Our programs benefit at least 19,950 children in 76 communities.

Currently, we are focusing on programs to help increase children’s literacy skills, in conjunction with local non-governmental organizations. The program is being implemented in 16 schools across the Tillaberi and Dosso areas for adolescents who have never attended formal schooling before. Additionally, Plan International Niger manages the Tabarey barey refugee camp, which provides aid for refugees who have escaped their homes to flee the rebels in the north of their country.

4 children sitting in classroom
Yougn girl with her hand up.
A woman's microfinance group meets

Plan International's core areas of activity include:

Economic security
Economic security
Child protection
Child protection

3 reasons why your support is so important:

  • Only 44% of boys and 31% of girls go to primary school, and less than a third of adults can read or write.
  • Only half of the population has clean drinking water and less than 10% have sanitation facilities.
  • Niger has the world’s highest rate of child marriage, with more than three-quarters of girls married before age 18.

How your support is helping the Niger:

  • Improving education for all children by building new schools, and providing equipment, supplies, training, and improving school curriculum.
  • Boosting child survival rates by improving communities’ access to quality health services, safe drinking water and sanitation facilities.
  • Working with the government and other key partner organizations to harmonize and promote child protection across the country.
  • Supporting birth registration activities to give children official identities and proper access to protection, and health and education services.
  • Strengthening communities’ capacities to better prevent and manage risks during emergency situations. Our disaster risk reduction work includes microfinance activities, food security stocks, awareness-raising and training in early warning and emergency management.

Country Comparison

People living in poverty 49% 9%
Mortality of children under 5 104 deaths /1000 births 5 deaths /1000 births
Life expectancy 50 years 81 years

(World Bank, CIA World Factbook, World Health Organization)

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