Kornaka West

The community of Kornaka West has graduated

In 2019, the community has transitioned from sponsorship to self-sufficiency and World Vision is no longer on site. Local people and organizations have been equipped to take over and lead the community's development - and that is something to celebrate!


 With the help of your generous and loving support, life in Kornaka West has transformed. Children and families are much stronger now. The community has met its goals, and its members are working together to tackles new ones. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come.

The Kornaka West community is situated approximately 700 km east of Niamey, Niger's capital city. The terrain is flat, with some dry valleys. There is a short rainy season that falls between June and September, and the rest of the year is dry from October to May. Rainfall is scarce and irregular, and temperatures are regularly over 4℃ in April and May. The area is characterized by food insecurity, high rates of malnutrition, desertification, and deforestation. There is poor social infrastructure, dispersed settlements, and it is difficult to access some community centres.

88% of the population is of the Hausa ethnicity and Hausa is the main spoken language. Most people engage in subsistence agriculture and animal husbandry. Youth migration, particularly to the neighbouring country of Nigeria, is gradually gaining ground as a major economic activity. There is an acute water shortage in the community, and many residents are obliged to invest hours fetching water in order to meet their daily water requirements. Apart from the rare stagnant water produced during the rainy season, no ponds or surface water exist. As a result, water points are crowded virtually all day long, and girls are utilized by their mothers to give a helping hand in fetching water.

Niger experienced significant food crises in 2005, 2010, and 2012 due to insufficient rainfall. This has caused low food production and high food prices, resulting in families struggling to find disposable income to buy enough food to meet their daily needs.
People in Kornaka West are celebrating that they are now empowered to move forward without World Vision’s presence. Here are some of the accomplishments:  

Education
  • 1,227 children are participating in clubs to develop new skills, have fun and build friendships
  • 20 clubs are giving children and youth a safe space to develop new skills and have fun
  • 89 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
Health
  • 101 children received deworming medication to treat intestinal worm infections and protect them from future health issues
  • 2,701 children were vaccinated to protect them against preventable diseases
  • 346 people were vaccinated to protect them against preventable diseases
  • 89 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
Livelihood
  • 1,505 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 300 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
  • 61 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 10 people have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to improved water sources
  • 2 committees are promoting sanitary behaviours and managing water supply systems to ensure long term access to clean water
  • 2 new water sources are providing access to safe water, protecting children against waterborne diseases
  • 200 new latrines are granting families better access to sanitation and helping to protect children from illness
  • 599 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018