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The most important thing you should know is that in Niger there are wonderful, friendly people. People like art and music and visiting with their friends.

Most people in Niger are farmers or herdsmen and live rurally (9/10 of people live in the country!). The farmers grow crops like, cassava cowpeas, cotton, millet, rice and sorghum. The herdsmen have goats.There is not much rainfall in Niger (and there has been a 1/4 drop in rainfall since the 1960’s). Much of the North of the country is desert and only 1/10 of the country is good for growing crops

The main language is French, but Hausa is also spoken.

It is the poorest country in the world. The average income is less than $1.00 a day.

Education is quite low. Four out of 10 men and 1 out of 10 women can read and write. Two out of 5 men and 1 out of 5 women have attended primary school.

The average woman has 7 children. The life expectancy is 44 years

Niger has bad roads. It is hard to get places.

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Introducing Ollie’s Field Journal

Ollie’s mother has gone away to help children in far away Niger, Africa during the “hunger season;” a time when many children are hurt because they don’t have enough food – or enough good, nutritious food – to eat. Ollie’s mother tells her the children are suffering from malnutrition. Ollie is happy her mother can help the children – but when Ollie receives a letter and photos from her mother she becomes inspired!

She decides she wants to tell the story about the children hurt by the hunger season and how they are being helped.

She sets out on a journey through 4 countries with her fact-finding equipment, 100 questions and 3 things she really wants to know:

  1. What malnutrition is and why does it happen?
  2. How can children suffering from malnutrition be helped (!)?
  3. Why mothers make the best doctors

Ollie interviews many people along her journey. And while in Niger, Ollie visits 2 types of hospitals and sees for herself how the children are being helped.

She is happy to report that the findings from her journey are 9/10ths happy.

Let’s learn more about Ollie’s journey and what she learned.

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Reader’s Theatre for Ollie

Ollie’s Field Journal: A 9/10ths Happy Story from Africa was launched with very special reading by students from Ms. deVries Grade 5/6 Class from Garneau School … Enjoy!