The community of Ouallam is graduating

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Ouallam’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 Ouallam get there. Thank you! 

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in Ouallam 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.

Located in northwest Niger, 100 km from the capital city of Niamey, the Ouallam community covers an area of just over 18,000 km2. 90% of the people are of Zarma ethnicity, with other ethnic groups such as Hausa, Touareg, Peul, and Arab comprising the remaining 10%.

Ouallam's climate is very dry, and temperatures can climb above 45℃ . Rainfall is scarce and irregular. The rainy season extends from June to September and the rest of the year is dry from October to May.

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

  • 5 requests were made by villagers to government officials to improve policy practice.
  • 100 school board members attended training sessions, helping them learn to function as a group and implement initiatives to improve education.
  • 15 farmers have applied new technologies and management practices.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 150 partners were trained on the importance of clean drinking water, good hygiene and sanitation practices.
Health and Nutrition
  • 150 caregivers with underweight children attended nutrition training, learning how to provide healthy meals that support children's growth.
* Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
  • 15.0% of children were underweight according to their age, as a result of malnutrition in 2017 decreasing from 22.0% in 2014.

Explore Ouallam

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

Ouallam,  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!