SIM responds to Niger crisis.

By September 29, 2005

Niger (MNN)–Food-related conflicts are growing in number as famine bites Niger.

A double scourge of locust and drought over the last two years leaves up to eight million people in danger of starvation.

SIM set up a ‘food for work’ program in this spring, reaching three villages and three districts of Zinder. Men willing to work are paid in food, helping whole families.

The program also allows the men to maintain their dignity as the ‘provider’ of the family, as Hausa tradition dictates.

The project was so successful, the team renewed it this month. Since then, teams have repaired a well in a nearby village, and built a perimeter wall for a Christian School that is under construction. In addition, a sand-blocked road is being cleared by a team of deaf and dumb men.

SIM follows Christ’s example by addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals.

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