New Floors for 7 Classrooms
The Remember Niger Coalition (Remember Niger) is seeking $20,000 for Phase Two of the Koira Kano School Project in Niamey, the capital city of Niger. This phase will consist of the refurbishment of deteriorating concrete floors and the installation of new ceilings in seven older classrooms.
The Koira Kano School opened its doors on October 1, 1998, and now employs 12 teachers who serve over 350 children in grades pre-kindergarten through third. In the fall of 2023, Remember Niger constructed 3 new classrooms to better accommodate the ever-growing student population. Initially, the school consisted of straw hut classrooms and later permanent ones were built in three stages ending in 2005. The current school now consists of 3 buildings containing 10 classrooms. The older 7 classrooms are in desperate need of new concrete floors and ceilings to provide a safer learning environment for the students.
The Koira Kano School Construction Project will be completed over three years in three phases.
PHASE 1- was completed in October 2023 with the construction of a 3-classroom building.
PHASE 2 - will include repairing the floors and ceilings in the original school buildings. The floors, which are nearly 20 years old, were not constructed adequately with proper concrete and as a result have eroded over time creating large pits and holes. Remember Niger Coalition board member, Kathleen Nichols likes to say the floors look like “craters on the moon.” The top 6-8 inches of the floors will be removed with a jack hammer and new concrete will be poured. The ceilings are also in very poor condition and will be replaced.
PHASE 3 - will include the installation of playground equipment for the students to enjoy.
About Koira Kano
Koira Kano is a neighborhood located in the capital city of Niamey. Although there are several embassies and diplomatic housing in the area, there is also a lot of poverty among the local population. While some children who attend the school live in permanent housing, many students live in straw houses with little to no running water and proper sanitation. Koira Kano serves as a true example of the ‘haves’ and “have nots.” More recently, this area is impacted by food insecurity in the north as refugees come to the capital looking for work, which in turn requires more children to be educated.