Niger

A Malian refugee uses a handwashing station that CRS installed in a refugee camp in Niger after thousands of Mailans fled their homes and settled in Niger. Photo by Jean-Philippe Debus/CRS

A Malian refugee uses a handwashing station that CRS installed in a refugee camp in Niger after thousands of Mailans fled their homes and settled in Niger. Photo by Jean-Philippe Debus/CRS

With a life expectancy of 55 years and an adult literacy rate of only 29 percent, the United Nations Human Development Report ranks Niger 186th out of 187 countries. The majority of people in this large, arid country depend on subsistence farming for their food; however, year after year, successful livelihoods are severely limited by a number of factors. Roughly half of the people in Niger do not regularly have enough food to eat. In addition to chronic problems, recent crises such as droughts, floods and instability in neighboring countries have exacerbated problems in a country where challenges already run deep.

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Stats

Population:16,899,327 (July 2013 est.)
Size:489,191 sq. mi.; slightly less than twice the size of Texas
People Served:823,368

History

In 1991, Catholic Relief Services Niger began as a small satellite program managed by CRS Burkina Faso. In 1999, with increased funding and a growing program portfolio, CRS established a full country program in Niger. CRS Niger has its main office in the capital city of Niamey and currently maintains one sub-office in Maradi and two smaller satellite offices in Mayahi and Matameye. With a team of approximately 170 staff, CRS Niger works nationwide with local partners to improve short and long term access to food for vulnerable Nigeriens and provide other essential services to the poorest of the poor.

Partners

Caritas Développement Niger (CADEV)
Caritas Australia
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

Programs

Agriculture
Civil Society and Governance
Education
Disaster Response
Health
HIV and AIDS
Microfinance
Peacebuilding
Safety Net
Water and Sanitation


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