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Donate now and help to save a child’s life: Provide clean water in Niger

In Niger there's a killer that's taking the lives of Children like Fati every day: dirty water. Over 50% of the population don't have access to clean water and water borne diseases can kill in just days. Thousands of children are dying from drinking dirty water but with your help, we can change this.

Oxfam is working to provide clean water and sanitation in communities and health centres in Agadez in rural Niger. Without Oxfam's support, Binta could have lost her daughter Fati.

£3 a month from you over a year could provide safe water to a health centre serving a community like the one in rural Agadez. Or £6 could provide a hygiene kit for mothers to take home from the health centre which include a jerry can to keep water safe, chlorine tablets to make water safe to drink and soap to improve cleanliness in the home.

Children that were very sick are now recovering thanks to donations from people like you. Right now, you can help to provide more clean water to people that desperately need it in Niger.

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Binta and her daughter Fati in Dadaga Village, Ouallam Province, Niger.
"I have two children. My son is twelve now, his names Razak. I was born here and married here too. Living here is ok these days, especially now with this project. Before Fati was sick, really sick but now she’s much better. She had terrible stomach pains, fever. When she was sick, we were given medicines, special food, aquatabs (water purification tabs) and the hygiene kit, soap etc. This stuff was not available before the project - before it was a very bad situation.

Today my little girl is well! She’s eating well, and can even eat the same as everyone else, a little millet porridge, some fruit, everything she’s given!" Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith

Salama and her baby boy Hama at Azel Health Centre, Niger.
"We are completely delighted to get the water system in our health centre – before it was here we had to go to the neighbouring village to fetch water for going to the treatment centre and it was difficult for the nurse to really look after us. Now, they can wash our babies when they have diarrhoea. There’s a laundry system and everything is sanitary. It’s huge progress!

We’re really grateful to Oxfam because we’re now really well informed about health issues.” Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith

Fatimata with her baby, Azel, Niger.
"My daughter was sick, she had stomach pains, frequent diarrhoea and was also vomiting. I brought her to the clinic. She recovered quickly.

From Oxfam, I learned about hand-washing, the importance of breastfeeding and the importance of sanitation to the living environment. I learned about the importance of vegetables in our diet, and to give vegetable stew to our children, as well as just millet porridge. I applied all this knowledge in bringing Aissa and since then she has been healthy. I feel so happy to see my daughter healthy!” Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith

Alassane Amadu (37), Azel malnutrition treatment centre, Niger.
Alassane is the Chief Nurse at the centre, medically trained and state funded.

"I've been here since October 2010, and there was no water system. Before, it was harmful without the water, we could not practice medicine really. When I first arrived the women accompanying the birthing mother had to walk all through the night to collect the dirty water. But we never lost hope. Now it's wonderful! There’s no problem with water provision, or to clean the medical equipment and treatment centre." Credit: Oxfam

Azara runs an Oxfam Sensitisation Session, Azel, Niger.
Community health worker (a volunteer trained by Oxfam) Azara Mohammed “You should clean your hands properly before giving food to the baby. You must wash your hands. When you don’t have soap, you should use ash.” Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith

Aicha and her baby girl Haoua
“My baby Haoua is not well and suffers with a fever and a cough. I live in Imassakanan village nearby and I have 6 children. I’m pleased to receive the kit, it’s the first time I’ve had one. I was told that I have to use the aquatab, and that twenty minutes later the water is safe to drink, which is great because our water is dirty from the well.

We eat three meals a day mostly rice and cereals. Sometimes we get vegetables, but sometimes there just aren’t any- it depends on the season.” Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith