Project #183 | Safe Drinking Water & Nutritious Food in Niger
Our Partnership with Rain for the Sahel and Sahara
Over 80% of Niger’s population lives in rural areas, where they rely on agriculture to feed their families and earn a living. The harvest families have stored away has become increasingly insufficient to carry them through to the next season due to climate change and lack of arable land, leaving 2 in 5 children under age 5 chronically malnourished. That being said, as many as 70% of men are leaving to seek work elsewhere, leaving women and children alone, and suffering.
One Day’s Wages partnered with Rain for the Sahel and the Sahara to ensure access to safe drinking water and nutritious food, as well as the infrastructure and training these communities need to build healthier, and more sustainable groups over time. They installed a borehole well with a solar-powered submersible pump, a drip-irrigation community garden, a program to educate the local community about safe and sustainable water-use practices, a local committee to oversee the maintenance of the well and garden over time, and a program to train local women in basic nutrition, as well as agricultural and business practices. Additionally, in response to COVID-19, they helped distribute soap, implement handwashing stations, provide health and hygiene training, and deliver food aid.
Our Collective Impact
Individuals Receiving Soap
76-year-old Tima lives with her six children and her mother, who is almost 100 years old. She says, “for years, my village has struggled with the problem of water. To access water, women needed to walk far from the village – and when they got there, there wasn’t enough water for their families’ needs. And to ration water, we avoided bathing – waiting several days between washing. Often, out of a lack of adequate water, we would end up drinking water that is high in natron (a salt compound) and it would make us sick. Our women’s group asked for RAIN’s support to set up a well that could provide drinking water and irrigate the womens’ garden… Finally, now, we see the fulfillment of that promise. RAIN has kept its word. I was so happy that I went to see the well for myself. The water from the well was so sweet. I believe that this is the end of our ordeal. Now, we have this precious water – thanks to RAIN. In the name of all women who have borne the burden of fetching water over the years, my sincere thanks… Even our neighbors can now get water here.”
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.