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RAIN FOR THE SAHEL AND SAHARA INC's Fundraiser:

School Market Gardens

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RAIN FOR THE SAHEL AND SAHARA INC via Crowdrise
January 18, 2011

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THE STORY:

Nomadic children in remote rural areas of the Sahel and Sahara must often live at school while their parents travel in search of pasture. However, the majority of the state-run schools in Niger lack even the most basic supplies, including food, resulting in low enrollment out of fear that the children will go hungry. School market gardens provide nourishment for students' bodies and minds, increasing parents' confidence in the schools and upping enrollment drastically, by 25% on average.

$5,000 is all it takes to provide a school with a garden. This includes everything--a trained gardener to install and oversee the project and to teach gardening to the community, as well as the seeds, fencing, irrigation, water pumps, and wells where needed. The garden provides food for 50 - 200 students, depending on the size of the school, and once it is installed, it is self-sustaining - excess crops are sold, and profits are returned to the garden and invested into school supporting businesses, such as grain grinding and artisan cooperatives. It is kept running by all members of the community: children, parents, and teachers, all of whom learn valuable skills in sustainable agriculture. In the face of frequent drought and rising food costs, improved wells and irrigation, gardening knowledge, and community investment help to ensure food security for all.

"RAIN gave us this garden; we are not going to let it fail." - Alhassane, School Garden Committee Chair of Gougaram, Niger

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