Learn About and Help The People of Niger With Samaritan's Purse

I am proud to partner with other homeschool bloggers to help Samaritan's Purse raise funds and awareness for Niger, the largest country in West Africa.

We have put together a blog hop homeschool unit study of sorts to allow you to teach your children about Niger.

Today I'll introduce your children to a fun instrument used in Niger. They can listen to the instrument, learn to draw it, and more!

{More on that part later... first I want to tell you about what Samaritan's Purse hopes to do during this campaign.}

Teams from Samaritan’s Purse International Headquarters recently visited Niger to document the needs of the Nigerien people.  

The results are staggering:

  • 65% of Niger’s population lives on less than $1.25 per day 
  • 43% of children suffer from chronic malnutrition

 Samaritan's Purse wants to introduce you to Guidan Gado village. It is their goal to raise this village out of chronic food insecurity and crippling poverty.

They hope to implement projects that will directly improve livestock and food production, increase household income, and expand access to clean water.

Watch this video to find out more.


The Music of Niger

As you can see, Niger is located in West Africa. 

When we think about African music we think about tribal music - lots of drumming, singing, chanting, and dancing. 


*Image courtesy

Just as our music in America is a mixture of cultures and styles, so is the music of Niger.

Much of the music uses percussion instruments.  A percussion instrument is anything that can be shaken or struck to make sound.  

Of course, there are other varied instruments used in the music of Niger, but I'd like to focus on a percussion instruments your children will enjoy!

The Talking Drum

The Talking Drum is an hour glass shaped instrument that can be squeezed and played to mimic the patterns of human speech. 


This drum is very popular in Nigeria (just to the south of Niger), as well.  Watch this video of the Talking Drum:


Other activities your children might enjoy:

Make Your Own Talking Drum

 How to Draw a Talking Drum


Of course, the children of the village of Guidan Gado village use music to express themselves and have fun in their daily lives.  Here is a video directly from Samaritan's Purse showing some sweet girls dancing and singing together.


 Think about how we use music in our lives. No matter where you live, chances are you will use music for fun, enjoyment, communication, and creativity. Even though the people of Guidan Gado live a world away, we share much in common!  


In support of the Raise a Village campaign, I am part of a team of homeschool educators who are partnering with Samaritan's Purse to bring you an educational unit study of Niger

Visit these blogs and you will have an entire unit study about Niger!

Why not teach your children about this country in Africa and help raise awareness for the campaign by Samaritan's Purse at the same time?