In Niger, 58% of the rural populations lacks access to safe water, and more than 90% of the rural population lacks access to even a basic latrine. One out of seven children in Niger don't reach their fifth birthday, often dying from preventable, water-borne diseases. Women and girls are responsible for retrieving water each day and may walk 4-6 miles each day to collect water that is often contaminated. As a result, girls don't go to school. 85% of women in Niger are illiterate.
Niger has a wealth of potable water deep underground. By drilling a deep-water well and teaching the villagers how to maintain and repair it, we are able to eliminate water-borne disease.
When a well is drilled, child mortality drops by 70+%. Girls stay in school, and women have their time freed to pursue income-generating work. In every village where we drill, we train the women to establish savings groups that allow them to start small businesses.