Learn About Niger

Learn About Niger

Facts about the nation of people of Niger

  • 16,500 million people live in Niger
  • The life expectancy is 53 years old
  • 1 out of 3 children can attend school
  • Every 20 seconds a child dies because of contaminated water; that equals 1.8 million/year
  • Only 6% of the people have electricity
  • The average family income is $700
  • Niger is one of the poorest nations in the World
  • Only 46% have access to clean water
  • 1 out of 4 children dies before age 5
  • 85% of women cannot read or write because their day is spent securing water for their family.

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.