Aissata Hamidou, 10, with her mother Hawa, in their village Djagourou, Tera. Aissata has been a sponsored child since the age of 3. Hawa has been part of a gardening group for seven years and so the family have enough food to see them through the current food crisis.
Ramata Hama, 38, is one of 52 women in a local gardening group that was started by her mother in 2005 in Tera, west Niger. Although the community's cereal banks are empty due to last year's crop failure and locusts, the garden provides both food and income allowing them to eat through the food crisis.
Ramata Hama prepares Meringa leaves she has just picked from her garden for her family's meal. Meringa trees can thrive in a harsh environment and provide food all year round.
Fatimata Birma, and her son Soumaila Agali, aged two, wait to be treated at the local health centre's weekly clinic for severe malnutrition, Kombangau, Tillaberi province.
Fatimata Birma and her son go home to their little shack. She is her husband's second wife. He has gone back to the village with his first wife hoping to plant if the rains come. She is left with nothing.
Malnourished mothers and their children are treated at the local health centre's weekly clinic, Kombangau, Tillaberi province
Roukayatou Seydou, 36, is mother to five children, four of whom are sponsored. Her husband left six months ago to find work in the gold mines and she has not heard from him since. If it was not for the food she grows in the garden the family would have migrated to the capital to do domestic work.
Miners at work at the Komobangau gold mines. It is Friday and while most people take this as a day of rest some miners are still keen to work.
Fatima Soumana, child protection director for Tera District, recently rescued a girl of seven who was sold off by her family as a child bride because they could no longer afford to feed her due to the worsening food crisis.
Members of the "Our Future" club at the Secondary School in Tera are discussing classmate Djamila who was given away by her uncle as a child bride as the third wife to a 40 year old man. Pupils alerted the school principal and Fatima Soumana, who took the case to the local court and the judge annulled the marriage.
Fatima Ismaghil, 13, who has never been to school, was sold by her father as a child bride for the price of 20 goats. When Fatima Soumana, Director of Child Protection for Tera, heard about the case she alerted the local courts and the judge annulled the marriage. Fatima Ismaghi said, "I was very unhappy when I heard from neighbours that I was to be married. I'm just a child - what do I know about being a wife? "
This assignment for World Vision looks at the NGO’s work work during a severe drought in 2012. This included supporting garden groups with wells, life in the gold mines, and the issue of child brides.