Kornaka West

The community of Kornaka West has graduated

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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:  

  • 50 schools were built, and the rate of children finishing their primary education increased by 60%.
  • 3 new vocational training centers are equipping 339 young people with practical skills to earn a living.
Health and Nutrition
  • 12 health centres were built, renovated and equipped, contributing to better care, a 99% immunization rate and lower infant mortality.
  • 89 school latrines were installed, and community hygiene has improved.
  • 21 grain banks were established and 80% of children eat more than three meals a day at home.
  • 1,356 people are involved in 50 savings groups, helping them access small loans and save for the future.
  • 26,000 people have access to safe water thanks to 90 wells and water systems, meaning less time is spent collecting water, and diseases have gone down.
*Results for this community updated for 2019

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current conditions

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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Kornaka West has completed Phase 3 in 2019.

PHASE 3: Enhance sustainability

Children and families enjoy improved living conditions. They're ready to become independent and continue the work you helped start. We invite you to help another child and community!