Distribution of monthly food rations to families in Tahoua (in total 20 tonnes per month) - Photo: SOS Archives
On 10 August, the first batch of aid supplies was provided by SOS Children's Villages to 100 particularly vulnerable families in Tahoua and surroundings, one of the many severely affected regions in Niger. All in all, an estimated 800 children and their parents will be helped under this programme.
From a temporary office in Tahoua, a team of SOS Children's Villages and city officials will continue providing families with a monthly ration of millet, rice, oil, milk and medication to cure malaria and respiratory infections for the next four months.
The many people at the food distribution show the great need - Photo: SOS Archives
After the first phase of this emergency relief programme, scheduled to end in November 2005, the second phase will focus primarily on helping the most vulnerable children. Niger, one of the poorest countries in the world, was struck by severe famine following a lack of rain and devastating plague of locusts which destroyed crops. Children are particularly vulnerable and it is feared that thousands will not survive the disaster.
An SOS Children's Village in Niger's capital Niamey, which includes an adjacent kindergarten and school, has been in operation since 1993. Construction for a second SOS Children's Village in Niger will begin in Tahoua in September 2005.