Food Aid for Disabled Children in Niger
Children and adults with disabilities with limited access to proper nutrition and education.
Improved health and nutrition for children and adults with disabilities and greater access to education.
At the school-level in two schools in Niger.
Training for emerging community leaders to raise awareness and advocate for people with disabilities.
Chronic food shortages can often impact those who are most vulnerable – groups who are routinely overlooked in their own communities. In parts of Niger, children and adults with disabilities tend to have fewer resources and experience limited access to community services. Persons with disabilities suffer higher rates of malnutrition and children with disabilities are less likely to attend school.
Our Food Aid for Disabled Children project brought food and education to Nigeriens living with disabilities. The project provided two meals a day to impoverished children with disabilities in the capital of Niger to ensure they received the nutrition they needed and keep them in school. Each month, almost 1,600 people with disabilities – most of them blind – benefited from our work. We also raised awareness about related health issues by engaging community leaders, parents of children with disabilities and community members with disabilities in project activities.
Our project delivered results including:
Funder: United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Collaborators: Government of Niger; Soli Abdourahamane School for the Blind; Hassane Bana Ba School for the Deaf; Union Nationale des Aveugles du Niger (UNAN); HANDICAP NIGER.