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Where is Niger?

Niger map

Niger is a landlocked country in West Africa. It is almost completely covered by the Saharan desert.  

It borders Nigeria and Benin to the south, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, Algeria and Libya to the north, and Chad to the east. 

In recent years, Niger has received thousands of refugees from both Nigeria and Mali. Families from Nigeria are fleeing the Boko Haram insurgency, whilst families from Mali have been escaping political instability. 

Today the crisis has become more complex, with extreme poverty, underdevelopment and climate change adding to the violence that has forced millions of people from their homes.

Millions in the Lake Chad Basin are in extreme hardship and dependent on humanitarian aid to survive.

How are we helping?

We're providing emergency shelter for families in Niger who have been forced from their homes.

Working in partnership with Plan International we're delivering life-saving aid to families in desperate need. Items like tents, tarpaulins, toolkits, kitchen sets, mosquito nets, water carriers, solar lights and blankets are all crucial for families who have fled their homes.

We started work in Niger in 2015 and have helped over 11,000 families in the Lake Chad Basin to date. That includes our crucial work in Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon too.

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Our aid

A selection of the aid we’re distributing in Niger

Mosquito nets

Mosquito nets

Malaria is one of the leading causes of death in the Lake Chad Basin. Mosquito nets are a simple way to help protect families from malaria outbreaks.

Water filter

Water carriers

Millions of families in the Lake Chad Basin are exposed to deadly water-borne diseases. Our water carriers help to promote safe water management.

Solar light LuminAID

Solar lights

When families are still haunted by the fresh memories of violence, and surrounded by strange noises, solar lights can bring much-needed comfort as well as practical support.

Impact of ShelterBox aid

Children in Niger

When families have been forced to run from conflict and terror, they arrive at displacement camps with nothing. Every aid item we can provide will help to rebuild a small part of their lives.

This is the aid we were waiting for. I want to send my gratitude to ShelterBox and their supporters.

- Rosalie, Lake Chad Basin

The day we received the mosquito nets was a big help. I thank ShelterBox for thinking about me and my family.

- Abdou, Lake Chad Basin

More from the Lake Chad Basin


We’re working in Cameroon, where thousands of families have fled conflict and are now living in Minawo Camp.


Half a million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Chad. See how we've helped.


The conflict in Nigeria is now entering its ninth year. Find out how we’re helping families to recover.