Combating the Effects of Climate Change in Niger

By Kayleigh Redmond Every year, Niger experiences heavy rainfalls that often lead to high surges in local water levels. Last August, at least 45 people were killed and over 226,000 were displaced when torrential rains caused the Niger River to flood. In Niamey, Niger’s capital, entire neighborhoods were submerged. In addition to homes, more than… Read more »

Ouma Laouali: A Pioneering Nigerien Pilot

By: Adhithi Sreenivasan Source: U.S. Embassy Niamey Around the world, women are often severely underrepresented in aviation. The thought of a pilot typically conjures an image of a male in a uniform with epaulettes and insignia. Despite women having been involved in the origins of aviation and aircraft development, women represent a mere percent of… Read more »

A School for “Model Husbands” to Promote Maternal Health

(Excerpted from Le Monde, March 22, 2021, and edited for this format) In Niger, where the fertility rate is seven children per woman, men are called upon to change attitudes.  At the end of February, about ten men sat cross-legged on a mat shaded by the foliage of a neem tree. These “model husbands,” were… Read more »

Empowering Women Will Change the World

By Caroline Moss Source: Wells Bring Hope International Women’s Day takes place on March 8th this year. On this day we celebrate women all over the world and highlight their importance and contributions. Wells Bring Hope’s commitment to providing safe, clean water empowers women in Niger every day.    Fewer than a quarter of young women… Read more »

Passing the Torch: What a Peaceful Transition of Power Could Mean for Niger

By Kayleigh Redmond Unlike the turmoil surrounding the most recent U.S. presidential election, Niger is anticipating a positive political milestone: an election that could result in the first peaceful transition of power in the country since it gained independence from France in 1960. An uncontested political changeover could mark a new era of democratic, economic,… Read more »

Education in Niger: The Impact of COVID-19

By Lara Khosrovian As a current student within the United States education system, I felt overwhelmingly hopeless when classes were converted to an entirely remote curriculum due to the global pandemic. I felt as though my learning and overall experiences were compromised. However, my resources were never eliminated, support systems were always accessible, and my… Read more »

Alphadi: Giving Niger the Chance to Create

By Elsa Sichrovsky Source: Flickr-UNESCO Headquarters Paris For Nigerien fashion designer and children’s rights advocate Sidahmed Alphadi Seidnaly, fashion is about more than clothing: “Young boys and girls can find in fashion a form of identity, dignity, a way to express themselves, to be heard, recognized and respected.”  Alphadi strives to use fashion as an… Read more »

Fadji Maina: A Nigerien NASA Scientist Fighting Water Scarcity

By: Omair Ali Source: Awojdyla  Dr. Fadji Maina (left) with Dr. Eva Nogales (right) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2019.  Growing up with water scarcity inspired Fadji Zaouna Maina, Ph.D., to undertake the extraordinary journey from Nigerien schoolgirl to NASA earth scientist.  Maina was born and raised in Zinder, one of the largest… Read more »

Build It for Ourselves: Interview with Magaajyia Silberfeld

By Elsa Sichrovsky Source: FreeCorp “I grew up watching films and wanting to not only be in them but make them too,” is how Magaajyia Silberfeld describes her passion for filmmaking. She is the daughter of French journalist Antoine Silber and Rahmatou Keita, a Nigerien journalist, writer, and film director, whose work includes “The Wedding… Read more »

Women in Niger Empowered to Initiate Divorce

by Barbara Goldberg Source: willemstom In January of 2019, NPR’s Rachel Martin interviewed Dionne Searcey, West Africa bureau chief for The New York Times, about a startling change in the social fabric of Niger:  women now feel empowered to initiate a divorce. Prior to having safe water well in their rural village, Nigerien women walked… Read more »