Mr. Amadou Tanimoune is a 45-year-old farmer living in Badifa, Niger, a village of 1,550 people located east of the capital of Niamey. Badifa’s population is primarily from the Arawa Hausa ethnic group, and most make their living by farming and raising livestock.
When the bell rings long and loud at Gandaria Selatan 01 Elementary School, it’s a signal that the flag-raising ceremony is about to begin. Thirteen-year-old Nasya Ramadhany, dressed in her red and white uniform, eagerly joins her fellow students in gathering outside for the daily ritual.
Earning enough money was a challenge for Sharada’s family. Even though she grew vegetables to sell, they were in season only half the year. That meant her husband had to go out of the country in search of work. Sharada often found herself alone and discouraged.
Ngoc couldn’t see clearly. When the eighth grader tried to read the board in class, everything was blurry. And even when her teacher let her sit up front, Ngoc struggled because of her poor eyesight. She did the best she could by borrowing her friends’ notes from class.
The mother of five children, Aida Abril knows a few things about raising happy and healthy children. She is now using that knowledge to teach other mothers in the Chicomphende village of Mozambique how to keep their children healthy and strong.