Chantelle McIver

Co-Director of the Girls at Risk School

Hi there! My name is Chantelle and I started the Girls at Risk School in October of 2010.

I was born and raised in Alberta, Canada. I grew up studying French and lived in France in 1995 for a year. Little did I know how much my French would help later in life!

I did my undergrad in French and Religious Studies at the University of Calgary and then I got my Master’s Degree in International Development from Tulane, New Orleans in 2008. I have always had a desire to work in third world countries and I am drawn to social justice issues, especially the horrific conditions that many young women live in. I am passionate about issues of gender gap, abuse of women, and mentoring young women. I see myself as an advocate, mentor and friend to the young women in our care in the Girls at Risk School. While I spend lots of my time administering the school and our staff and actively teaching, my favorite times are spent in the huts of our girls or sitting under the stars in the evenings as we enjoy each other and invest in each others lives.  I am aware of how my work here in Niger is a beautiful partnership with many of you on the other side of the world who also care about them. I can’t imagine doing anything else! I have lived in Niger since 2008 and while Niger is a challenging country to live and work in, we are thankful that this is where we were placed and are able to care for people. This really is our “dream job!”

I married my best friend Paul in 2000 and we have three awesome children, who also love living in Niger. In my spare time I love hanging out with my family, taking photos, traveling, having long conversations with friends that “go deep”, and sewing the odd quilt when I have time!

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