Gobir Yamma

Gobir Yamma's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

The Gobir Yamma community is situated approximately 700 km east of Niamey, the country's capital. The terrain is flat, with shrubs and trees dotting the landscape. 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, desertification, deforestation, very high rates of illiteracy, high rates of malnutrition, and high infant, child, and maternal mortality.

The population is composed of two ethnic groups, Hausa and Fulani, of which Hausa is the most dominant (over 90%). Hausa is also the primary spoken language. The main economic activities are subsistence agriculture and animal husbandry. Youth migration, particularly to the neighbouring country of Nigeria, is gradually gaining ground as a major economic activity.

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.
  • 1 school received classroom tools and resources to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
  • 1,340 children are participating in cultural and recreational clubs, learning new things and having fun
  • 103 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 25 clubs are giving children and youth a safe space to develop new skills and have fun
  • 1 health facility was improved with medical equipment and supplies to better care for children and families
  • 153 malnourished have reached a healthier weight after participating in a nutrition program
  • 192 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 138 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 210 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
  • 3,279 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 1 technician was trained to repair and maintain water sources, ensuring safe water access for children and families
  • 22 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 45 people have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to improved water sources
  • 9 new water sources are providing access to safe water, protecting children against waterborne diseases
  • This community is partially free of open defecation, ensuring a more sanitary space for children and families
Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Increase the number of girls who are enrolling in and attending school.
  • Construct and equip more schools.
  • Support education centres with learning and teaching materials.
  • Support teachers to improve their teaching skills.
  • Help women and children who have not attended formal schools, or who dropped out of school, to participate in literacy activities.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Construct and equip local health infrastructure with medical equipment and qualified staff.
  • Improve vaccination coverage for children under the age of five.
  • Establish improved water infrastructures. Increase households access to latrines.
  • Educate community members about HIV and AIDS prevention and care.
  • Teach mothers and caregivers about the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for children under the age of six months, and about the necessity of consuming a nutrient-dense diet.

In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Support small-scale farmers with better seeds and training in improved agricultural practices.
  • Install grain banks to store harvest grain so that food can be accessed at a reduced price during the lean season, when prices of food tend to increase.
  • Improve and restore degraded land to increase agricultural production.
  • Support the management of natural resources, including livestock grazing land.
  • Support households with livestock and provide them with access to animal health care.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Gobir Yamma can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Increase household income by facilitating access to savings and credit.
  • Establish diversified income-generating activities, such as off-season irrigated vegetable gardening.

Explore Gobir Yamma

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Gobir Yamma

 The attendance rate of children in Gobir Yamma is low, with girls attending at a much lower rate than boys. Parents often do not send their children to school because they need them to help work in the fields, tend cattle or to do domestic chores. Early marriage is also a contributing factor.

There is a lack of trained teachers, and opportunities to enhance teaching skills are few. Schools and other learning institutions like literacy centres are also lacking. There is a large need for school materials and equipment to help combat the illiteracy in the community.

Health Care
Health clinics in the area are severely lacking. It is estimated that there is only 7% health coverage for the entire Gobir Yamma community. The presence of health personnel such as health centre staff, community health volunteers, and traditional birth attendants is also very low, and the influence of traditional healers is very strong.

The area is also very susceptible to outbreaks of diseases that have been eradicated elsewhere, such as polio, meningitis, trachoma, and measles. There is a high incidence of malnutrition that has resulted from insufficient access to food due to recurring food crises.

According to traditional practices, children are fed a low-nutrient, grain-based diet, and mothers are not aware of the importance of exclusively breastfeeding for children younger than six months old. Chronic and endemic levels of malaria also exist, which is the principal killer-disease in the area.

The people in Gobir Yamma face many agricultural challenges that prevent successful and consistent harvests. There is a lack of farmland, poor soil quality due to environmental degradation, irregular rainfall, and farm pests that attack crops. Moreover, farmers do not use modern farming practices and improved seeds.

There is not enough grazing space for animals and uncontrolled livestock grazing is further degrading the environment. Livestock often do not have adequate veterinary care or sufficient access to water points.

Economic Development
Families in Gobir Yamma do not have safety nets like savings or alternative income-generating activities to fall back on, particularly during times of crisis when harvests fail. This means households are often forced to sell off valuable livestock or farming materials in order to buy food. This perpetuates chronic cycles of poverty.

Moreover, migration to the neighbouring country of Nigeria for six to eight months of the year has become necessary for youth and young adults seeking to develop their economic means.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Gobir Yamma,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.