The Problems in Rural Niger
· 1 out of 7 children dies before the age of five, from contaminated water
· 85% of women in Niger are illiterate. (Compared to 43% of men)
· 61% have no access to clean water.
· 96% lack basic sanitation, a simple latrine.
· Women and girls spend hours every day walking to find water that is often contaminated.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), "No other humanitarian intervention produces a more dramatic effect on life than access to safe water and sanitation.” When a well is drilled in a village, lives are transformed instantly and dramatically. Our wells tap into an endless supply of clean water from aquifers, 250-300 feet underground.
· Child mortality is reduced by 70+%.
· Girls go to school since they no longer have to walk 4-6 miles a day to get water.
· Girls who are educated, marry and bear children later, reducing the chances of death in childbirth
· We train women to start their own small businesses.
· Gardens flourish, preventing starvation in times of famine.
Why we’re worthy of your support:
· 100% of every donation goes directly to funding wells.
· We’re an all-volunteer nonprofit, with the exception of the Director of Operations.
· We continue working with a village for 15+ years to ensure sustainability.
· We educate villagers on good sanitation and proper hygiene
· We teach drip farming and show the villagers how to use the grey water.
· We help the villagers build latrines, and educate them on the importance of usage.