Along the Air Mountains, on the southern rim of the Central Sahara, live the Tuareg-Nomads. A long time ago, they were the wealthiest peoples in Africa. Under most difficult climatic conditions, the Tuareg developed a unique culture that has enabled them to survive in the hot Sahara desert for over 2000 years. Today, this culture is endangered – because the nomads now live way under the poverty line.
The extreme dryness of the Air Mountains presents the main difficulty for this ancient culture. However, the dryness and the lack of water are not the only obstacles the Tuareg face. Political marginalization and destruction of the natural resources have excluded the Tuatreg since the late 90’s from sustentation, education, income opportunities and medical care.
CARE wants to build at least 10 classrooms in the Air Mountains. In each classroom 30 Tuareg children are to be taught. Here the children will additionally learn alternative cultivation methods in order to boost their harvests. CARE follows the overall approach in the construction of the Tuareg’s rural communities.
Since more than 5 years now, CARE is working in partnership with the local organization HED Tamat, to improve and strengthen the Tuareg’s self-management and living conditions. The key to sustainable development is education and the generation of the basic infrastructures.