Help Save Children in Niger

One of the world's poorest countries, Niger, has made great progress in tackling preventable child deaths, but children there still face great challenges from extreme hunger and a devastating food crisis. Food insecurity, malnutrition, disease, flooding and displacement are making it difficult for many families to meet their children’s needs for food and clean water — and it’s getting harder by the day.

The Challenges for Children in Niger

Suffering from extreme drought and hunger, children in Niger need your help.*

  • 45% of people live in poverty
  • 1 child in 18 dies before their 5th birthday - 8 times that of the United States
  • 42% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition
  • 52% of school-age children are out of school
  • 31% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 60% of girls age 15-19 are married
  • 1 in 5 girls between age 15-19 gives birth
  • 89% of girls age 15 and older struggle to read or write
Map of Niger

Our Work for Children in Niger

Save the Children works in six districts in Niger with integrated programs of health, nutrition and protection, delivering lifesaving support for children in the greatest need. In response to the current hunger crisis, Save the Children in Niger is on the ground working to help Nigerien children and alleviate suffering among child refugees, returnees, internally displaced children and locals through health and nutrition programs, among others. We seek to ensure that children in need are protected, healthy and nourished. Save the Children is also working to make education more accessible and equal. We increase children’s access to basic education, help children stay in school and enhance the quality of education.

Working closely with local communities in Niger, Save the Children designs Sponsorship programs to help vulnerable children from early childhood to early adulthood — giving them a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm along the way. Our early childhood programs help prepare toddlers and young children for school by giving them access to quality preschools and early literacy programs. Our programs designed for primary school-aged kids work to transform students into lifelong learners by building strong curriculums and passionate teachers.

Our work with adolescents focuses on that challenging transition between childhood and adulthood, helping ensure it’s a positive one by teaching them money, job and relationship skills. We also provide health education and care to children in need through our school health programs to help children stay healthy, well-nourished and in school.

  • Protected 8,222 children from harm
  • Supported 121,570 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 825,268 children with a healthy start in life
  • Supported 68,003 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs
  • Gave 666,528 children vital nourishment

How to Help Children in Niger

Support Save the Children’s mission. Donate to help children in Niger, and around the world, survive and thrive.

Sponsor a Nigerien Child
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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2019 Global Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS).


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