About Liboré, Niger

Pencils for Kids partners with Liboré, a commune on the outskirts of Niamey.

Our first community was chosen in December 2005 when Canadian athletes and photographers returned from the Games of La Francophonie in Niger, having learned that 30 children in one classroom were sharing one pencil. Their pain was shared with others back home in Canada and, not long after, Pencils for Kids was born - from pain to action one pencil at a time.

The community of Liboré was recommended by a member of the local Canadian Consulate in Niamey.

For more information:

Education Indicators

Facts about Education in Niger

Geography of Niger

Facts about Niger

A message from the Mayor of Liboré, Amadou Madougou

"Dear internet users and friends of Liboré, welcome to our website!

The rural commune of Liboré is a small community with an area of 110 Km2 and a population of 24,500 – averaging 205 inhabitants per Km2.

The commune includes 21 villages, 15 of which are administrative districts to which 6 big hamlets were attached.

Our primary activities are: agriculture, farming, fishing, and small businesses.

The difficulties which assail us are: poverty, illiteracy, and an epidemic of diseases such as: malaria, cholera, schistosomiasis, meningitis, etc. and the hard labor the women must accomplish in the household and in the fields.

Given these issues, we are focusing our activities on education, health, designated drinking water sites, improving women’s quality of life which begins with the schooling of our young girls and financial aid to housewives for small businesses and to raise small farm animals.

Every humanitarian action in these fields would be a great help in the betterment and growth of our young community.

We thank you in advance for all your good deeds.”

A. Madougou The Mayor

Mot du Maire, Amadou Madougou

Internautes et chers amis de Liboré soyez les bienvenus sur notre site WEB.

La commune rurale de Liboré est une petite mairie de 110 Km2 abritant 24,500 habitants soit une densité de 205 Habitants/Km2.

Elle compte 21 villages dont 15 administratifs et 6 gros hameaux s’y rattachant.

Les principales activités des populations sont:
l’agriculture, l’élevage, la pêche, le petit commerce.

Les maux qui nous assaillent s’appellent:
pauvreté, analphabétisme, épidémie des maladies (paludisme, cholera, bilharziose, méningite etc.) les durs travaux champêtres et ménagers pour les paysannes.

C’est pourquoi nous avons orienté nos activités vers l’éducation, la santé, les points d’eau potable, l’amélioration des conditions de vie de la femme qui commence par la scolarisation massive de la jeune fille et l’appui financier aux ménagères pour le petit commerce et l’élevage des petits ruminants.

Toute action humanitaire dans ces domaines serait un puissant levier pour l’épanouissement de notre jeune commune.

Nous remercions d’avance toutes les bonnes volontés.

A Madougou Le Maire

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Inspirational Story

After rehearsal I talked with a wonderful man in Liboré. He shared his story with me and once again my insides cried out to say, "Why does it have to be this way?” He is a soft-spoken, handsome, well educated man, who grew up in the villages and, against all odds, was able to graduate university.