Niger is a large land locked country in Western Africa.
Niger is twice the size of Texas or seven times the size of Wisconsin!
The top two thirds of the country is part of the Sahara Desert.
The south third is an area called the “Sahel” which means shore … in other words, the shore of the desert.
In the Sahel region, agriculture is just barely possible
Most of the population of 18 million reside in the Sahel region.
The majority of those people are subsistence farmers
There is a definite migration to the cities.
During the majority of days in Niger, the high temperature will exceed 100 degrees.
The majority religion (about 90-95%) in Niger is Islam.
We will be based in Niamey, the capital city of Niger with a population of about a million people.
This is not our first time in Niger. Our family has served in Niger as teachers at Sahel Academy during the 2001-2002 school year. We returned to Niger in 2005, Wanda teaching elementary grades at Sahel Academy, and Randy as Computer Systems Administrator and IT Support, based out of the SIM Office in the capital city of Niamey. We returned to the U.S. in 2009 spending four and a half years between those two terms in Niger.
Even in our time back in the States we have visited Niger a couple of times. We spent a week in Niger with E3 Partners in 2012 with a medical mission, and in April 2015, Randy was able to return to the SIM Niger office to help them with some computer systems issues, and build a vision for our return.