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Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world., Most people in this landlocked African nation earn a living growing basic crops or by raising livestock. The country often has droughts, and more than 80% of the land is desert.

Growing up in Niger is not easy. Every year around a quarter of children die before their fifth birthday. Education is also a problem. Niger has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world. The health system is basic and most people can’t afford to pay for health care . Many children suffer from malnutrition, which slows down their immune system, leaving them more vulnerable to disease.

» Country Statistics «
Official Name: Republic of Niger
Capital: Niamey
Population: 12.5 million (2006)
Population Projection: 2.92%
Languages: French (official), Hausa, Djerma
Life Expectancy: - N.A. -
Infant Mortality: 118.25 out of 1,000 births
Literacy Rate: Male - 17.6% | Female - 9.7%
Gross National Product: US$ 900 per capita

Islamic Relief in Niger

Islamic Relief began working in Niger in June 2005 with an emergency programme to tackle the food crisis in the country. The country office is in the capital city, Niamey. There is also a regional office in Tillaberi and three field offices in Tera, Ouallam and Fillingue districts.

Orphans' Programme

The Orphans Sponsorship Programme was launched in Niger in April 2006. Currently, most sponsored orphans are based in and around Niamey. Islamic Relief decided to launch the Orphans Sponsorship Programme in response to the food crisis which had a devastating effect upon the country’s poor children.

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