Nov 3, 2020

Water is Essential, Now More Than Ever

Alfari
Alfari

Fortunately, COVID cases have continued to remain relatively low in Niger but the lack of clean water in communities without a safe water well makes these villages extremely vulnerable. Hand washing is a key intervention, and it takes clean water to do that. We are so honored that GlobalGiving recognized the critical nature of our work with their gift of a $25,000 grant to us from the Coronavirus Relief Fund.

The impact of the pandemic is also felt across the country as travel and commerce have been limited as part of the disease mitigation strategy undertaken early and effectively by the Nigerien government. As mentioned in our last update, we were experiencing some delays in getting drilling rigs repaired since the shipment of replacement parts had been slowed due to corona virus border closures. Fortunately, all of our drilling rigs are fully functioning, and we have drilled thirty wells since our last report.

The current challenge, however, is again related to shipping delays. The handpump mechanism that is needed to complete the wells and make them functional are produced outside of Niger, and production and shipment of this critical piece have been delayed. There has, however, been progress in recent weeks on securing the handpumps, and we are confident that all of our recently drilled wells will be capped and serving their communities within the next month.

In this time when we are all obsessively washing out hands to slow the spread of COVID-19, it is clearer than ever that access to safe water is a fundamental human right. Attached are photos of women and girls pumping water at the wells that have completely transformed their villages and their lives.

Waye Kai
Waye Kai
Kiemro
Kiemro
Guidan Atchali
Guidan Atchali
Nov 2, 2020

Second Health Clinic Fully Funded!

We are thrilled to be able to tell you that thanks to your generous support and that of hundreds of other donors, we have fully funded our second solar-powered water system for a health clinic in Niger. This water system will have multiple water points (taps) that will serve both the clinic and the people of Kelloum Bawa, the village in which the clinic is located. 

Fortunately, COVID cases have continued to remain relatively low in Niger but the lack of clean water in communities without a safe water well makes these villages extremely vulnerable. Hand washing is a key intervention, and it takes clean water to do that. This is obviously even more critical in a healthcare setting. We are so honored that GlobalGiving recognized the critical nature of our work with their gift of a $25,000 grant to us from the Coronavirus Relief Fund. In this time when we are all obsessively washing out hands to slow the spread of COVID-19, it is clearer than ever that access to safe water is a fundamental human right.

Attached is a map indicating where our newest solar water system will be located.

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Jul 6, 2020

Navigating the Pandemic

Botche Village
Botche Village

We hope that this finds you well and adapting as best you can to our strange new reality. The world has drastically changed since our last report to you, and as it has most everyrthing else in the wold, the pandemic has impacted our work. 

While Niger has, thus far, had fewer than 100 coronavius-related deaths, the ripple effects of the global crisis are being felt across the country as borders close and international humanitarian oganizations put their work on hold. Our own partners on the ground have struggled to get replacement parts for a drilling rig in need of repair due to international shipping restrictions. 

Despite all of the challenges they have faced, our World Vision partners have managed to continue drilling, bringing safe, clean water to rural villages at a time when it is moe essential than ever. Attached are photos of women and girls accessing water at wells that we have drilled in recent months.

Ayi Dawani
Ayi Dawani
Rouga Gamgi
Rouga Gamgi
Rougan Ginya
Rougan Ginya
 
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