Without access to water, children in the Azawak region of Africa spend all day, every day searching for water instead of attending school
Water = Education
To alleviate this, Amman Imman plans to construct the “Water is Education” borehole-well for 16 communities. This solar-powered borehole will provide sustainable clean water for between 15,000 and 40,000 people and animals, depending on the season.
5,000 children will have time
to attend school
Together, with help from students like you, we can make a direct difference to thousands of children enabling access to education, health, economic security, and more.
Houlaye is an 11-year-old Nigerien girl.
She cannot attend school as a result of climate-induced water scarcity. Houlaye is left alone to care for her younger siblings while her parents migrate to neighboring countries in search of work. Household chores, including fetching water up to eight hours a day, prevent her from attending school more than a few hours a week.
Unbeknownst to Houlaye and her family, the solution to their calamity lies below their feet. Around 200 meters below the cracked earth, water flows in abundance. The thirsty and exhausted child is literally walking on water.
Amman Imman will bring this water to the surface by drilling a borehole water-well, thereby drastically changing Houlaye’s life.
15,000 people would have access to
clean water year round.
This multi-community water source will consist of a borehole (in this case, drilled at a depth of about 200 meters), a 30 m3 water tower, solar panels to operate a pump to bring up the water to fill the water tower, and a pipeline several kilometers long to provide water directly to the 16 communities. The borehole will be managed by a democratically-elected management committee consisting mainly of women.
The “Water is Education” borehole-well will impact the health, economy, environmental security and education of 16 villages in Niger.
WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene)
- 15,000 people will have access to water year round
- 40,000 people and their livestock will use the borehole during the hot season, from March to June
- 10,000 women and children will benefit from medical care through our mobile clinic.
- 840 children will be able to regularly attend the school in the community where the borehole will be constructed.
- The availability of water will facilitate access to education for 5,000 children.
Food, Water and Environmental Security
- We will propose permaculture projects and launch a rainwater harvesting project to rebuild pastures.
- Thousands of women will be able to join our income-generating activity projects.
- The borehole itself will provide paid work for members of the management committee.
- Money raised by water sales will be enough to fund a large number of development activities.