Without water and electricity, teachers cannot teach and students cannot learn. Niger does not have sufficient clean water or energy infrastructure. 8 million Nigeriens lack basic access to water and only 62% of urban communities and 4% of rural communities are electrified. Furthermore, electricity is needed to run public water systems. As blackouts occur often, both public water and electricity are regularly unavailable. This negatively impacts our partner schools’ abilities to provide quality education. In order to fully support our partners in education, we are working to establish self-sufficient and resilient educational communities.
Solar Power and Clean Water
Solar Power and Water Security Programs produce ideal campus environments, increase teaching time, and contribute to the health and financial autonomy of schools. In Niger, the price of these integral commodities is rising, and the public cannot afford them.
Solar Power for Self-Sufficiency
Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world, but it is rich in sunlight – a resource we would like to harness. Solar power will make our schools more self-sufficient and resilient to price fluctuation and available electricity. Using solar power on campuses allows us to use the sun as a natural resource and incorporate technology and vocational training into the curriculum.
Clean and Secure Water
We are focused on working with our partners in Niger to invest in drilling wells and pump (particularly solar) equipment.
Several of our campuses have wells that were installed by other organizations. Recently, it came to our attention that wells have may become inoperable due to frequent power outages, community overuse, and the lack of a sustainable maintenance plan. To ensure the health and safety of the students, older students are being taught to take care of pumps and keep them free of debris to avoid further issues.