Gobir Yamma

The community of Gobir Yamma is graduating

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:

  • 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

Explore Gobir Yamma

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!