Gobir Yamma

The community of Gobir Yamma has graduated


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In 2020, the community transitioned from sponsorship to self-sufficiency and World Vision is no longer on site. Because of the dedication and partnership of Canadians like you, local people and organizations have been equipped to continue leading the community’s development – and that is something to celebrate!  

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in Gobir Yamma 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 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.
Thanks to the generosity of Canadian sponsors like you, life in Gobir Yamma has improved. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come. Let’s celebrate these accomplishments!

  • 65% of school children know how to read, write and count compared to 20% at the beginning of the program
  • School attendance increased from 26% to 46% over 15 years
  • 52% of parents now know how to read, write and count as compared to 19% at the start of the program
  • 20 classes were constructed to create a safe and stimulating learning environment for students
  • 16 school latrines were built, granting boys and girls better access to sanitation
Health and Nutrition
  • Vaccination coverage increased from less than 30% to 81% at the end of the program
  • Access to clean drinking water within a five-minute walk rose from 87% as compared to 5% at the beginning of the program
  • Health coverage improved from 7% in 1999 to 78% in 2019
  • 17,937 women and 163 men learned how to provide proper nutrition for their children and maintain health
  • 12,491 children and 3,401 women were vaccinated against preventable diseases
  • 14,786 malnourished children were enrolled in a nutritional program for regular monitoring
  • 14,160 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 5 health facilities were improved with renovations, medical equipment or supplies to better care for children and families
  • 551 children from 6 to 59 months were supplemented with vitamin A to prevent deficiency
  • 20 villages were declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) Open defecation Free
  • 172 water points were constructed granting access to clean water for families and children
  • The number of grain storage centres increased from 8 in 1999 to 67 in 2018
  • 3,279 people are part of 138 savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 100 members of the saving groups have benefited from training in soap making
  • The number of people with irrigated crops increased from 10 in 1999 to 733 in 2018
  • Number of gardens has increased from 0 in 1999 to 95 in 2018
  • The agriculture yield per hectare increased from 407 kg in 1999 to 450 kg in 2018
*Results for this community updated for 2020

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current conditions

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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Gobir Yamma,  is in Phase 3

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!