Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls

by Wells Bring Hope
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Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Rougan Illagamou
Rougan Illagamou

Despite the fact that COVID-19 continues to impact our work in Niger, we are pleased to report that we are nearly caught up with well drilling, which had been negatively impacted by shipping delays due to border closures. We are so pleased that these problems have been resolved so that we are able to continue to deliver safe water to the people who need it most when it is more important than ever before.

In 2020, we funded 51 wells, which delivered safe water to roughly 51,000 people. We also funded a solar water project, which provided safe water for a village and a health care facility, which serves 8,000 – 10,000 people a year.

Attached, please find photos of a few of the wells that we funded and drilled last year.

Maloumdi
Maloumdi
Pogodji Fada
Pogodji Fada
Rouga Kangue
Rouga Kangue
Marake Jiji
Marake Jiji
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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
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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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Haoua and her daughter, Habiba
Haoua and her daughter, Habiba

 “Since the construction of the well, our lives have changed. My daughters and I don’t have to wake up at 5 a.m. to walk a long distance and fetch water on our heads. I’m so glad that they can go to school.”   - Haoua, 47

Women like Haoua and girls like her 13-year-old daughter Habiba understand the transformative power of water better than anyone. Before a well was drilled in their village of Garin Maizouma, Haoua and her daughters would rise before the sun to walk miles in search of water. Often they would find that a water source they had accessed just the day before had run dry, so they would keep walking. The water they managed to find was often contaminated, and they knew that drinking it would likely make them and other members of their family sick.

Once a well was drilled in Garin Maizouma last year, everything changed. Instead of walking for water, Habiba and her sisters spend their days in school. Haoua has joined her village's savings group, which consists of other women from the village who contribute money to the group pool every month and then take turns borrowing the funds to invest in their families, buy seeds for their gardens, or launch a money-making venture. Haoua has already been the recipient of one of these monthly loans, which she used to start a small soap-making business. Most importantly, water-borne illness in Garin Maizouma has been eliminated. Haoua and other women like her no longer fear that they water they give their children will give them a life-threatening case of diarrhea.

We are thrilled to report that in 2019, we helped to deliver the kind of transformation experienced by the villagers of Garin Maizouma to a total of 66 villages. We also funded a solar-powered mechanized water system for a rural health clinic that will benefit 8,000 to 10,000 people a year. We are looking forward to funding another clinic water system and many more village wells in 2020!

With deep appreciation for your compassion in action,

Kate Cusimano

P.S.: We are so excited to be participating in GlobalGiving's Girls Fund campaign, which launched on March 6th. If we are one of the organizations with the most unique donors when the campaign ends on March 13th, we'll be eligible for year-long membership in the Girls Fund, which is supported  by hundreds of donors who are committed to creating a more equitable future for girls around the world. It's the number of donors that matters, so a donation of as little as $10 could make all the difference!

A girl at the well in Garin Maizouma
A girl at the well in Garin Maizouma
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Wells Bring Hope

Location: Los Angeles, CA - USA
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Barbara Goldberg
Los Angeles, CA United States
$15,068 raised of $30,500 goal
 
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