Gobir Yamma

The community of Gobir Yamma is graduating

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Gobir Yamma’s community is making strong progress toward caring for all its children, not just those who are sponsored. They are now transitioning to self-sufficiency. Together with other Canadians, you’ve played an important part in helping Gobir Yamma get there. Thank you!

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.
People in Gobir Yamma are celebrating that they are now empowered to move forward without World Vision’s presence. Here are some of the accomplishments:

  • 102 teachers learned new ways to teach literacy skills, improving how they educate girls and boys on reading and writing.
  • 25 children are now attending remedial or accelerated learning programs outside of school.
Health and Nutrition
  • 2 community-led monitoring and dialogue or lobbying processes and meetings on health issues were conducted by communities
Water, Sanitation, Hygiene
  • 20 hygiene and sanitation awareness-raising sessions were held
* Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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.


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!