26.2 million

Surrounded by the vast Sahara desert, Niger is one of the least developed countries in the world. With intense droughts, poor soil conditions and the gradual spread of the desert, life is hard.

The Government faces many barriers to providing public services like clean water and toilets. The economy can barely fund infrastructure. And the extreme climate makes installation and maintenance of services a major challenge.

That hasn’t stopped them being ambitious. The Government has committed to reaching those who don’t have clean water and the four in five people who do not have a decent toilet. But they need support.

people don't have clean water close to home.

That's half the population.

people don't have a decent toilet of their own.

That's four in five people.

 children under the age of five die every year from diarrhoea

caused by dirty water, poor toilets and no hygiene facilities.

High child mortality and poor education have led to rapid population growth and a lack of skills. This is preventing people from unlocking their potential.

We are working with local governments to make clean water, toilets and hygiene a normal part of daily life for those hardest to reach, from nomadic groups in the desert to fishermen living on the banks of the River Niger. By understanding the needs of diverse communities, we can help people to change their lives for good.

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