Since 2006, Amman Imman has been working in the Tahoua region of Niger, and more specifically in the departments of Tchintabaradene and Abalak. We focus on the Azawak valley, covering an area over 80,000 square miles, with a population over 500,000 people.  The dominant ethnic groups of the region are the Wodaabe Fulani and the Tuaregs.  Thus far we have been responsible for six deep borehole-wells, providing over 130,000 people with access to clean and sustainable year-round water.  Other projects conducted by Amman Imman, depending on the type of project, have supported over 15,000 people on a year-round basis.

We have implemented activities in the fields of WASH, health, education, economic security and environmental protection, including:

  • drilled multi-village boreholes to provide water-scarce communities with water
  • helped develop community project management committees
  • launched reforestation and community garden initiatives as well as food banks to combat food insecurity and increase biodiversity;
  • provided healthcare and health education
  • build, restored and supported schools and education in various ways
  • empowered women with income-generating activities with artisan cooperatives to promote traditional crafts and livestock cooperatives to rebuild herds lost to water scarcity.

Here are some figures, derived from our Health Impact Study, on the direct and indirect impact of access to water in our six existing sites, affecting 56 communities and around 40,000 people per year:

  • 6 multi-village boreholes built for 56 communities
  • Up to 130,000 people have access to drinking water in the dry season, and 40,000 have access throughout the year.
  • Infant mortality has been reduced from 50% to 10%.
  • Cases of diarrhea decreased by 75%.
  • Skin diseases have decreased by 60%.
  • Access to health services for pregnant women and children has been improved by 82%.
  • Access to education in WASH, nutrition, and reproductive health topics improved by 56%.
  • Access to medical tests (pregnancy tests, malaria, STD, etc.) increased 72%.
  • Hand-washing before meal preparation has spread among women by 60%.
  • 3 schools have been rehabilitated
  • 10 schools equipped with supplies
  • 8 girls have ongoing higher education scholarships
  • Literacy improved by 40% overall in all communities, with water access
  • Student attendance improved by 83%.
  • The attendance of girls at school has improved by 65%.
  • The number of girls attending secondary school has increased by 30%.
  • Early marriage among girls has evolved from 12 to 16 years in more than 40% of cases of early marriage.
  • 60% of families eat 3 times a day, compared with only once before the existence of our cereal banks, community garden projects and regular access to water
  • Severe malnutrition among children under 5 has decreased by 73%.
  • Women in our projects have improved their financial resources by 70%.
  • 46% of women have gained financial autonomy.
  • Overall migration reduced by 15% with duration decreased from 9 months to less than 4 months.
  • 1000’s of native trees planted.
  • 30% of women trained in organic farming.
Landscape Reforestation

Landscape Restoration

Landscape Restoration Bringing back the marshes, pastureland, and forests of the Azawak Landscape Restoration Bringing back the marshes, pastureland, and forests of the Azawak We are pleased to announce that Amman Imman has been chosen as a Top ...
Water Security

Water Security

Background: The primary need in the Azawak is water. Half of the children under five die due to reasons linked to lack of water, or poor quality water.    Given the depth of the water table, which starts ...
Food Security

Food Security

Background: Niger in general suffers from severe food insecurity.  In the Azawak, the abundant livestock, utilized for trade and for milk, curtailed food shortages in the region.  In fact, the Azawak used to be the best pastoral land ...
Healthcare and Education

Health Care and Education

Background: Access to any sort of health care is almost nonexistent in the Azawak.  There are few health posts, and those that exist are held by non-qualified government staff (people with no medical background).  Typically, getting to one ...
Revenue Generating

Revenue Generation

Background: Access to water makes it possible for livelihood activities to begin. Prior to having a borehole, people spent all their time looking for water, and had no time to take on “jobs” or engage in other activities ...
School and Education

Education and Schools

Background: Access to education, like most other resources, is nearly impossible in the Azawak.  Illiteracy is over 99%.   There are fewer than 100 schools in the entire region.  Of those that exist, 30% are located in the major ...