of children do not receive secondary education


of the population suffer from chronic malnutrition


have access to proper sanitation


confirmed to be living with HIV/AIDS

About Niger

Niger is a landlocked country in West Africa, with a population of around 19 million.

It has experienced numerous coups since independence in 1960 – the most recent being in 2010. Subsequent lack of infrastructure has made Niger one of the poorest countries in the world, with one of the lowest literacy rates. Its health system is basic and disease is widespread. This is exacerbated by the challenging desert climate, which causes cyclical drought, and leaves people at risk of chronic malnutrition and water-related illnesses.

Niger is also facing increased security concerns on its borders from various external threats, including insecurity in Libya, the conflict in Mali and violent extremism in north-east Nigeria. These factors are driving many refugees into Niger.

It is estimated that, in 2017, more than 1.9 million people will be affected by at least one crisis. This might include insufficient access to food, malnutrition, population movement, disease epidemics or natural disasters.

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How we do it

Church & Community Transformation

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Food Security

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Disaster Risk Reduction

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Our Work in Niger

Tearfund is helping to create peace and social cohesion across 40 communities in Niger. This will result in better management of resources and access to greater opportunity, in turn, reducing the risk of conflict.

HIV is a major problem, with more than 50,000 people directly affected. Tearfund partners are offering trauma healing which is integrated into other community activities. They aim to provide HIV testing, counselling and care to 12,500 people.

After training, churches and partners work with communities and local government to change unjust practices. These practices might include the obstruction of adequate water and sanitation, access to food or peacebuilding, and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).

Churches and communities are also trained to detect the early warning signs of disasters and reduce their risk and impact. In Niger’s desert conditions, trees are being planted to improve soil density and increase output at harvest time.

Many communities now have improved access to safe and drinkable water through hygiene training and the construction of new latrines.

We are currently working to ensure that 400,000 people have access to enough nutritious food all year round, even in times of crisis and disaster.

As the education rate is so low, our partners are also helping people improve literacy and numeracy skills, giving them better job opportunities and more access to markets.




grain banks have been set up to provide food for those facing starvation.


toilets have been built to improve sanitation and hygiene.


church leaders have been trained in the church and community transformation (CCT) process.


people have been tested for HIV and a further 30,537 children have been offered free treatment.

Pray for our work

  • Lift up the people of Niger in prayer, as many of them continue to experience extreme poverty.
  • Pray for the tens of thousands of refugees from neighbouring Nigeria and Mali who have fled to Niger, displacing already very poor Nigeriens.
  • Pray for our work with women and girls. Niger is the least educated country in the world – only 11 per cent of women over the age of 15 can read or write.
  • Ask God to bring peace and restoration to the country. Militia presence has left Niger extremely vulnerable to violence and insurgency.
  • Pray about the erratic weather following changes to the climate, that those farming the land will be able to adjust and survive.

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