In Search of Dreams

May 14, 2013 • Niger

Farmers in Niger who are struggling with scarce and unclean water will receive a new water source along with benefits from other programs provided by Samaritan’s Purse

Jafarou Ali always had the desire to raise livestock. He grew up in a farming family, and crops and animals provided for his family. But more recently, he has struggled.

blog_1036NE-A-070Because of insufficient and unpredictable rains, Jafarou has not been able to fulfill his dream. Farmers in his small village of Makera Moussa, Niger, have been harvesting fewer and fewer crops each year, making it impossible to sustain their families for months and forcing them to look for other sources of income.

Jafarou resorted to starting a small business in order to provide for the needs of his wife and four young children.

“My dream was to raise livestock on a large scale, but unfortunately I am left with only a meager number of animals,” he said. “I was obligated to abandon this dream because it was no longer easy for me to find adequate water for the animals.”

blog_1036NE-A-168The reality is that Makera Moussa has a substantial water shortage. People have to travel at least three kilometers through neighboring villages to reach the closest well.

“It is very difficult at the well because there is always a multitude of women and lots of animals waiting to get water,” said a young girl named Mariama. “At home, my mother is always unhappy with me because I often don’t have enough time to pound the millet that she expects me to. Sometimes she thinks that I am just playing at the well, but in reality, I just have to wait a long time for my turn.”

Answer to a Problem

Makera Moussa was recently chosen as one of eight beneficiary villages for a new integrated community project. As one of our teams approached the community to perform a preliminary assessment, a friendly gentleman greeted them.

“We have heard about you!” he said. “We know who you are and have seen the good that you have done in certain villages around here. Please, because of God, come and do the same good work in our village too!”

blog_1036NE-A-059They became incredibly excited when they heard their village was chosen as a recipient of the clean water programs.

BE PART OF THE SOLUTION: This year, a group of Team Samaritan’s Purse runners competed in the Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon to raise $20,000 to support clean water projects in Niger. Learn how you can use an athletic event to raise money for Samaritan’s Purse by joining Team Samaritan’s Purse.

Jafarou says he dreams of the day “when the sun will rise with people from neighboring villages coming to Makera Moussa in search of water.” Fortunately, his dream will soon become a reality through the integrated community project as we rehabilitate a water source closer to the village. In addition to providing a water source, the project also includes nutrition, hygiene, sanitation, agriculture, and income-generating activities.

When he learned about the upcoming project in his village, Jafarou could not hide his joy. “Al hamdou lilla,” he exclaimed, which means, “Praise to God.”

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Niger Projects Niger is one of the poorest countries on earth, ranking among the lowest on the United Nations Development Program's Human Development Index. Drought cycles, instability, and desertification continue to have a negative impact on the economy. To help alleviate poverty and reduce malnutrition in villages such as Guidan Gado, Samaritan's Purse implements livestock and agriculture programs to help vulnerable families. Household water treatment systems and latrines have also been installed in a number of villages to reduce disease. Through all of these projects, we seek to share God’s Word in a country that is around 98 percent Muslim.

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