December Focus: Niger
We’re continuing our Strong Women, Strong World country series, focusing on one country a month. We’ll share stories and World Vision projects from that country throughout the month. For December, our focus is Niger.
Niger is one of the most impoverished countries in the world. In 2009, it ranked last of 182 countries on the United Nations Human Development Index, which measures the general wellbeing of a population. Nigeriens, particularly children, struggle with health concerns, with child mortality rates the fourth worst in the world.
World Vision has been working in Niger since August 1973, providing many villages with access to clean water since 2004. World Vision’s child sponsorship program plays a vital role in this partnership, with donors from the United States sponsoring more than 7,700 girls and boys. The goal of the Niger Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Program is to improve the health and well-being of 350,000 rural community members in 18 area development programs (ADPs) by 2016. The program seeks to reduce the prevalence of waterborne and water-related diseases by increasing access to safe water, improved sanitation, and hygiene education.
Stories in this series: