Niger is one of the driest countries in Africa, with three-quarters of its territory lying in the Sahara desert and the Sahel region. Rural communities suffer extreme weather events due to climate change, such as unpredictable rainfall patterns. For most of the year, however, people here are more concerned with the lack of water than by having too much. 💦
EU funded programmes, notably Local Climate Adaptative Living Facility (LoCAL), aim to bring water to remote rural communities. 👨🏿🌾 👩🏾🌾 In Dongokiria and neighbouring Sokorbé, eight wells have been brought back to life and three new ones constructed. Nearly six thousand people, including four thousand women, now have better access to drinking water.
“Before the wells were renovated, women had to walk up to three hours to look for water. Now we have plenty of good quality water close by. It’s much quicker and our hands are much smoother!”
- Haoua Sounna, President of the Baziga Women's Group
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