The overarching mission of GNN is to empower women and children of Niger for a better future. This will be primarily accomplished through fundraising, and grants. At GNN we believe in promoting activities that advance gender and rural development with a focus on supporting women. This iniative is inspired by a women’s group known as ‘I’Association des Femmes de Diffa-AFD’, a regional branch of the ‘Association des Femmes du Niger-AFN a national organization of women, which has existed for nearly thirty years. Women’s Association of Diffa is located in Diffa, Eastern Niger.
We equally seek to inspire and support children’s education through an approach that strengthens the message of the universally known African proverb-‘it takes a whole village to raise a child.’ This mission requires local, national and global partnerships amongst schools, families, students and the broader community. Such partnerships will be extended to higher education where GNN will explore opportunities for grants and scholarships to provide post-secondary education to Niger’s students in various colleges and university in different continents.
It is our vision to develop a set of operational objectives and corresponding activities including the creation of a scholarship/gender support fund through fundraising, scholarship dinners/cultural nights, in partnerships with various organizations in the community. The organization will ensure the collection of data on conducted activities and disseminate the information through research and publication.
EDUCATION: Offer greater opportunities for education to all children and adults (especially women and girls in Niger) by establishing global partnerships.
GENDER AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT: Support gender and rural development by supporting female literacy instruction, encouraging women’s entrepreneurial efforts through micro loans for resources to enhance existing agricultural projects (wagon, plow, animals, irrigation), and promoting marketing of arts and crafts (baskets, jewelry, artwork, etc.).
HEALTH: Establish within underserved communities a network of basic health service providers, with special attention to medical relief for poor women and children in rural Niger.
The immediate objective of this project is to reduce poverty through a better access to basic public services, financial services and means for food security through strategies that:
- Improve access to basic public services
- Increase the economic capacities of vulnerable and unorganized individuals and reinforce them in groups
- Support leadership, social and economic empowerment of women within local associations
- Support gender mainstreaming at the local level through a systematic consideration in all interventions
- Consultation with key stakeholders during project implementation.
Interesting Facts About Niger
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SIZE: Niger, in West Africa's Sahara region, is four-fifths the size of Alaska. It is surrounded by Mali, Algeria, Libya, Chad, Nigeria, Benin, and Burkina Faso. Niger covers a land area of almost 1,270,000 km2; making it the largest nation in West Africa, with over 80 percent of its land area covered by the Sahara desert. The Niger River in the southwest flows through the country's only fertile area. Elsewhere the land is semiarid.
LANGUAGES: The Republic of Niger, République du Niger, population just above 15,000 000. National or official languages: French, Arabic, Fulfulde, Gourmanchéma, Hausa, Manga Kanuri, Tamajaq, Zarma. Literacy rate: 17%. The number of individual languages listed for Niger is 21. Of those, all are living languages.
MONETARY UNIT: CFA Franc
ECONOMY: The Republic of Niger, République du Niger ranks 6th in world uranium production after Kazakhstan, Canada, Australia, Namibia and Russia.Sources