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In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.

The community of Ouallam has graduated

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 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.
Thanks to the generosity of Canadian sponsors like you, life in Ouallam has improved. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come. Let’s celebrate these accomplishments!

  • Children’s literacy rate increased by 12%
  • More than 9,000 kids received learning materials and school supplies
  • 20 new classrooms were built
  • 600 teachers were trained on improved teaching methods.
  • 10 schools were equipped with new toilets and 2 now have access to clean water
  • 11 clubs set up for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 960 children participated in peacebuilding activities
  • 96% of children aged 12 to 18 now have their birth certificate
Health and Nutrition
  • 1,480 children were vaccinated, improving their long-term health
  • 99% of children under the age of five sleep under a mosquito net, reducing the risk of malaria
  • Rate of underweight children under the age of five decreased by 15%
  • 38% of households use hygiene and sanitation facilities against a national average of only 6.2%
  • 124 safe water sources were built
  • 500 children learned about the importance of proper hygiene habits
  • 647 households received seeds to grow nutritious food and also as a source of income
  • Number of households where women have a source of income increased by 32%
  • 600 households received support to produce nutritious food
  • 2,425 women have access to loans to grow their businesses or cover the basic expenses
  • 28 community leaders were trained on creation of Farmer Manage Natural Regeneration committees
  • The youth center offered sewing classes, benefiting 21 boys and girls
*Results for this community updated for 2020

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 1: Building the foundation

With local leaders, we assess the community's needs and resources, plan projects to provide long term solutions. Sponsorship and development opportunities begin.