In Niger, we’re bringing life-changing daily meals to vulnerable children as young as 13 who are being held in prison.

We have been serving Mary’s Meals since 2020, in partnership with French organisation, Grandir Dignement. The Niger programme feeds children held in detention, often through no fault of their own. We currently provide meals five days a week in one detention centre in the capital city of Niamey, one centre in Dosso and three centres in central southern Niger, in the towns of Maradi, Zinder and Tahoua.

The food we serve supports our partner’s efforts to provide vital learning opportunities for these desperate children living in appalling conditions.

Life in Niger

Niger is a land-locked country in West Africa and is one of the poorest and least developed places on earth.

Their short rainy season and the rate of growth in population are just some of the reasons for widespread hunger.

Vulnerable children often neglect school to beg or steal food and are picked up by the authorities. They are then sent to overcrowded detention centres where they can spend long periods awaiting trial. Many of them have never set foot in a classroom.

Mary's Meals in Niger

We are currently feeding more than 200 children in five detention centres in Niger.

The children in the centres are aged between 8 and 18.

Meals are usually dried meat or fish with rice and a vegetable sauce.

Did you know?

45% of the population live below the International Poverty Line
of $1.90 per day.

48.5% of children 
under five have 
chronic malnutrition.

49% of the population (around 11 million people) have insufficient food intake.