Niger

Date of establishment: Member of the World Alliance of YMCAs: Local branches: Members and participants : Men : Women: Under 30 :

Descriptions

Mission Statement
YMCA Niger aims to develop young people and the most social vulnerable through programs which develop body, mind, and spirit for holistic transformation of communities and the nation.
History
The Niger YMCA is registered at the Department of Home Affairs as a Social Work Agency and is licensed to implement social welfare programs in Niger. The YMCA also works with other government and non-governmental agencies, both at the national and international levels. In the last 4 years, the Niger YMCA has developed programs in 9 cities. Over 1000 people in need, mostly in Niamey are being served through our programs. Through the support of HISG we are taking part on the relief effort around the 2010 food crisis and about 58 tons of grain are distributed benefiting more than 6,000 people in 5 towns. The target group for YMCA Niger is principally young people aged between 14 to 35 years with mixed education levels. Current projects however have beneficiaries over 40 years old. The sectors of operation are varied; and include; Agriculture, Animal rearing such as bee-keeping, sheep-rearing, Textile; tie and dye, mechanics and calibration and soap-making. Most of the activities since establishment have been short term and include; Women and youth Entrepreneurship project, Health care and Nutrition, and Social Aid to the most vulnerable for instance aid supplies to fistulous women, prisoners, and orphans.
Programmes
Programmes currently being implemented include; Economic empowerment activities for women and youth through micro businesses Leadership and Personal Development trainings – training is provided on a free basis by the training/commercial arm of the YMCA Niger Civic education for young people (through monthly debates) Sport programmes Nutrition and Humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable
Country Profile
Population: 18,045,729 (July 2015 est.) Age Structure: 0-14 years: 49.57% (male 4,512,526/female 4,431,944); 15-24 years: 18.61% (male 1,658,537/female 1,699,924); 25-54 years: 25.92% (male 2,336,655/female 2,341,599); 55-64 years: 3.26% (male 305,363/female 283,647); 65 years and over: 2.64% (male 242,025/female 233,509) (2015 est.) Birth Rate: 45.45 births/1,000 population (2015 est.) Death Rate: 12.42 deaths/1,000 population (2015 est.) Infant mortality Rate: 84.59 deaths/1,000 live births Life Expectancy: 55.13 years HIV/AIDS – adult prevalence rate: 0.4% (2013 est.) HIV/AIDS – people living with HIV/AIDS: 40,500 (2013 est.) HIV/AIDS – deaths: 2,900 (2013 est.) Ethnic Groups: Haoussa 55.4%, Djerma Sonrai 21%, Tuareg 9.3%, Peuhl 8.5%, Kanouri Manga 4.7%, other 1.2% (2001 census) Religions: Muslim 80%, other (includes indigenous beliefs and Christian) 20% Languages: French (official), Hausa, Djerma Literacy: 19.1% Government Type: Republic Capital: Niamey Geographic coordinates: 13 31 N, 2 07 E Time difference: UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time) Independence: 3 August 1960 (from France) Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal Currency: West African CFA franc Population below poverty line: 63% (1993 est.) Transnational Issues: Libya claims about 25,000 sq km in a currently dormant dispute in the Tommo region; location of Benin-Niger-Nigeria tripoint is unresolved; only Nigeria and Cameroon have heeded the Lake Chad Commission’s admonition to ratify the delimitation treaty that also includes the Chad-Niger and Niger-Nigeria boundaries; the dispute with Burkina Faso was referred to the ICJ in 2010
Contact
National General Secretary: Hamidou Rabiou, ruebeni77@yahoo.fr Rue NM 14, Nouveau Marché BP. 13 794, Niamey Niger P.O. BOX 13794 Tel: 227 20 740885 Email: hamidou@africaymca.org