Niger Countering extremism through opportunity: a long term approach to stability in West Africa

Spirit of America and Army teams give vulnerable Nigeriens a chance for a better life

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$1,740

Covers a 9-month scholarship for a local youth

$402

Funds one veterinarian throughout the vaccination campaign

$224

Pays for one veterinary kit

$40

Pays for one day salary for one vet

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

Niger, with its 17,000,000 people sandwiched between Nigeria, Libya, Mali, and Chad in the heart of the Sahara Desert is the poorest countries in the world. Plagued by endemic poverty, rampant desertification, high birth/mortality rates, a lack of economic opportunity, and threats from extremist groups like Boko Haram, ISIS, al Qaeda, and others, the UN ranks Niger last in its annual Human Development Index rankings.

US Army teams are working to stabilize the most vulnerable regions of the country, striving to provide enough breathing space from Niger’s significant challenges for progress to take root and thrive. In the northwest region of Agadez, teams have focused on the issues local tribes identify as most important: human and animal food security, youth unemployment, and marginalization from the Nigerien government. Without assistance in addressing these challenges, tribal elders warned that tensions and unrest were building. In the under-governed spaces of West Africa, that can have disastrous consequences (as in the case of Mali in 2012).

SoA Field Rep, Chris, meets with SoA supported graduates during a recent visit to the town of Ingall in Niger's Agadez Region
SoA Field Rep, Chris, meets with SoA supported graduates during a recent visit to the town of Ingall in Niger’s Agadez Region

Spirit of America is committed to addressing these issues by providing support centered on an annual livestock festival that brings tribes together from across the region. Since 2014, Spirit of America, in partnership with the Government of Niger and the US military, has provided:

  • Twenty scholarships for local youth to attend the national veterinary school giving them the skills they need to take care of their tribes’ livestock and to build an economic future for themselves, their families, and their tribes.
  • Funding for additional veterinarians – including the scholarship recipients – to participate in the annual vaccination campaign as well as improved transportation resources to reach far-flung herds and populations. This has greatly increased the number of animals treated each year since 2014, improving herd health, livelihoods, and food security across the region and country.

With your help, SoA can continue to support the US military and the Government of Niger in the Agadez region, a critical effort in a region critical in the struggle against extremism and the root causes of instability in Niger and West Africa.

100% of your gift will be used to purchase what is needed for this project. Donations in excess of the project's needs will be offered a refund.

 

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