You can see and feel it when you enter a village that has safe water. Mothers no longer live in fear that their children might die from unsafe water. Flies no longer settle on the dirty faces of children, spreading diseases like trachoma.
Having clean water transforms lives in everyday ways that we in the developed world never think of.
High on the list is simply what it's like to actually be and feel clean. Mothers take pride in being able to bathe their children and wash their clothes in clean water so they can go off to school clean. These are some of the basics of life that we take for granted - small to us, but life-changing for people living in rural Niger.
Our videos and stories will give you a glimpse of just some of the villages we've helped.
Read about a village that suffered disasters reminiscent of the biblical plagues, and see how one family changed the lives of so many. The arid desolate landscape is typical of this part of sub-Saharan Africa ...more
When the junior high school got a well, the students rejoiced because it enabled them to bring home water for their families after school. The installation of sanitation facilities ensured privacy for the girls so they could more comfortably attend school. Newly planted trees now offer shade in the brutal heat and are cared for by the students...more
Women who pull up water from a traditional well have cracked, rough hands that make their everyday work extremely painful. Now that a well has been drilled, the women of Koutouma take pride in their soft hands and are happy to be pain-free....more
With a lot of hard work and a major fundraising effort, the students of the Wells Bring Hope club at Chadwick School funded a well in this village. They were thrilled to learn that the well had allowed for grey water irrigation that resulted in gardens flourishing with vegetables...more
It takes an abundant supply of water to make bricks to build houses, something new to the village of Koursadi, where people lived for generations in huts made of straw. When 50% of their time is freed up from getting water, mothers can take better care of their children. Family relationships improve because women are no longer stressed from walking many miles to get water. When women cook with clean water, food tastes so much better. All these things add up to an improved quality of life.
Kara Kaptchi is located in Zinder, one of the most remote areas of Niger. After their well was drilled, we spoke to mothers who expressed pride about their girls going to school because they no longer have to carry water. Both mothers and daughters have visions of the younger generation becoming doctors, nurses, teachers.
When famine was imminent as it was in Miyaki in 2012, our partner, World Vision supplied malnourished children and pregnant women with nutritional supplements to sustain them. Wherever we drill a well, we continue working with that village for 15+ years to help promote good health and sustainability.