In 2015, Niger helped neighboring Nigerian refugees who fled across the border to escape the armed conflict between militant group Boko Haram and the Nigerian government. In May, World Vision Niger opened an office in the border town of Diffa to help the 150,000 refugees, mostly women and children. Emergency supplies were provided and Child Friendly Spaces were created to ensure children’s safety.
When Ebola ravaged West Africa in 2015, Niger’s efforts turned to training and educating faith leaders. World Vision presented workshops called Channels of Hope to involve religious leaders from all regions of Niger, training them to better convey the message of disease prevention in their respective sermons.
Malnutrition presented yet another challenge last year. 37,417 children suffering from acute malnutrition were admitted to rehabilitation centers run by World Vision and nearly all of the children recovered to a healthy weight for their age. Recognizing that clean water and good hygiene also keep children from becoming weak and malnourished from waterborne illnesses, 182 borehole wells were constructed and 48 school latrines were installed.
We never give up on people
World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for
by their families, and participating in their communities
as agents of transformation.
To promote economic opportunities and enhance household resilience, we formed women's savings groups that provide small loans for income-generating activities and support children's healthcare and education.
Women saved more than $19,000 through our program, enabling them to provide for their families.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished,
protected from infection and disease, and have access to
essential health services.
Community members organized water management groups to maintain water sources and ensure they continue to provide clean water for families.
We trained peer educators and teachers on ways to prevent waterborne illnesses through safe hygiene practices. We also supplied villages, schools, and healthcare facilities with handwashing kits that contain soap and a washcloth.
We provided children and families with clean water and improved sanitation facilities, and taught good hygiene practices.
We constructed mechanized water systems, installed new and rehabilitated existing wells and water points, and built sanitation and handwashing facilities.
We conducted activities to change hygiene-related behavior, such as broadcasting messages about the importance of handwashing over the radio.
We helped farmers reduce their post harvest losses by 34 percent and increase their access credit, leading to increased income and access to food. Malnutrition has decreased from 11.4 percent to 0.25 percent in the area.
Education for Better Lives
Children have opportunities to learn and to
develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future,
and families and communities support children's education.
To improve education quality, we trained members of school management committees to fulfill their roles and responsibilities.
We facilitated literacy training for teachers and supplied books and teaching manuals to schools in order to improve the quality of education.
Love of God and Neighbors
Children and families are growing spiritually, local
churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways,
and people are living at peace with their neighbors.
Religious leaders were equipped to become advocates for the importance of education and child protection. Their messages inspired congregations throughout the community.
Prayer Requests from Niger
World Vision's staff in Niger are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
New women’s savings groups that are providing additional income for family essentials, such as food, education, and healthcare.
Opportunities for refugee children to attend school and continue their education.
Hunger and conflict are taking a heavy toll on children and families in the areas of Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, and Chad near the Lake Chad water basin. Food production in Syria is at a record low as farmers are losing their ability to cultivate crops with dwindling resources. And areas of South Sudan could experience famine in the coming months if families are unable to access more food or livelihood help.