Facts about the nation of people of Niger
Water, sanitation, and hygiene are essential for extended life expectancy of the people of Niger. Unsanitary environments and unsafe water threaten not only the immediate survival of young children but also their physical and mental development. Illnesses such as diarrhea cause and exacerbate malnutrition, and can result in long-term stunting of development.
In Niger, the women seldom are educated since their main job is securing water for their families. Unfortunately many of the wells are contaminated with waste and debris. Many women and children walk long distances and end up the day with only limited amounts of contaminated water. In rural Niger, there are not many ways to generate income. Meals consist of fish from local rivers, produce from small gardens, or crops from mostly barren fields. There is not enough water to sustain much life.