In Niger, World Vision organized the delivery of 10 autonomous water stations on Monday, May 13 2019, under the patronage of the Minister of Water and Sanitation in Talladje. This event was coupled with the celebration of the National Day of the Nigerien Woman, and was complete with the presence of great personalities, in particular the First Lady of Niger and the Minister of the Promotion of the Woman and the Protection of the Child. Other distinguished guests included, the Minister of Public Health, the Minister of Employment, Labor and Social Security and the wives of the Prime Minister and the President of the National Assembly who also participated in this event.
"Since the start of the WASH program 15 years ago, World Vision has drilled more than 1,400 boreholes equipped with human-powered pumps and more than 700 water points," Habumugisha declared.
In his speech, Yves Habumugisha, National Director of World Vision in Niger, highlighted the successes of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) activities. "Since the start of the WASH program 15 years ago, World Vision has provided more than 1,400 boreholes equipped with human-powered pumps and more than 700 water points," he declared.
"I saw a little girl who was out of school and married because of lack of water"
In his address, Issoufou Katambé, Minister of Water and Sanitation, congratulated World Vision for their achievements. He also said that the project responsible for these provisions was born from a call for help launched by the Ministry of Water and Sanitation last year. The call was to help people in outlying areas of Niamey cope with water scarcity by alternative means.
During his speech, Mr. Katambé shared a testimony on the consequences of water scarcity on vulnerable populations, especially girls. "I saw a little girl who was out of school and married because of lack of water. Because of the large number of household chores, the girl was out of school to assist her mother. Sometime later, she was married. After her marriage, her parents, to make her happy, asks her what she wanted as a wedding gift. The girl told them that the best gift they could give her was a donkey and two 25-liter containers so that she could transport them to her home all at once,” said the Minister.
The First Lady visits the stands of savings groups
The First Lady, Lalla Malika Issoufou, and the National Director of World Vision in Niger, Yves Habumugisha, in the middle of conversation, while joining the stands of Savings groups
On the sidelines of the National Day of the Nigerien Woman, whose theme was ‘Empowerment of Women - Multi Functional Platform’, in Niger, World Vision set up a space dedicated to Nigerien women where women from savings groups were honored. They presented the different products they market thanks to the support of World Vision.
The First Lady of Niger, Lala Malika Issoufou, and the Minister for the Promotion of Women and Child Protection, Mrs. Elback Zeinabou Tari Bako, were visited these stands and encouraged these women.