Niger: Kassama

Kassama's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 2018

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • Girls and boys become legal citizens. Altogether, 550 children became citizens after receiving their birth certificates.
  • Youth have a safer place to learn and play. After 20 children's clubs were formed, 8,345 children now have a safe space to play.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • More than 60 water committees helped make sure water, sanitation, and hygiene were being managed well. 20 schools were equipped with menstruation hygiene facilities and 40 schools received handwashing kits.
  • More malnourished children gain weight and recover their health. After being admitted to a nutrition center, 277 underweight children are healthier.
  • Children have better access to preventative medicines. Youth are safer from preventable diseases after 6,102 children were vaccinated.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • Students learn in more comfortable schools. Since 36 schools received desks and books, 2,625 children's learning conditions are improving.
  • Children have better hygiene practices to protect their health. Some 80 trained teachers taught students how to practice healthy hygiene so they are safer from diseases.

Love of God and Neighbors

Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.

  • 30 religious leaders learned how to protect children better, especially how to prevent violence against children and take care of potential victims.
  • Girls are more respected in their community. The number of female students attending school increased after 356 parents learned the importance of educating girls.
  • Children are developing their spirituality. Some 80 girls and boys attended Bible classes where they learned about God's love.

Because World Vision believes in a holistic community development approach, the statements and numbers above, recorded at a point in time, reflect not only our aspirational goals for these communities but are based on all children within the community that benefitted from the specific activity that's identified. Together, in partnership with you, we will work to make these goals a reality.


current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Kassama, Niger

What does this mean?

World Vision is privileged to offer sponsorship in many communities where the majority of the families we serve are not Christian. When working in these communities, we not only abide by local laws and customs but also strive to show respect and honor to those of different faiths.


Niger is experiencing ongoing conflict. Recurring terrorist attacks from Boko Haram in certain regions caused instability. Militant groups abducted about 100 children in 2018, and hundreds of thousands of people have left their homes to escape the threat of harm. However, Niger’s economy, which is largely dependent on agriculture, is holding steady. Despite the stable economy, many families still struggle to lift themselves out of poverty. In some regions, winter floods damaged more than 200,000 people’s homes and livelihoods. And in other parts of the country, teachers and health workers led repetitive strikes, jeopardizing kids’ access to education and healthcare. Though serious malnutrition still affects some young kids, the country’s rates are low. Thanks to the support of our donors, we reached many vulnerable children in Niger this year. Joined by government partners, we launched a campaign to combat violence against children throughout the country. Many of the awareness programs focused on ending child marriage. Communities are becoming self-sustaining and thriving as we help everyone engage with the changes that involve them. As kids are empowered to lift themselves out of poverty, they can better transform their communities for lasting change.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

World Vision has been in this community for 18 years.
Kassama, Niger is in Phase 3

PHASE 1: Years 1-3

  • Listen to desires and concerns of community leaders
  • Partnership with community begins
  • Outline needs and resources
  • Child sponsorship begins

PHASE 2: Years 4-9

  • Community members equipped and empowered to bring change to their own lives
  • Children benefit from life-changing projects
  • Community embraces project ownership

PHASE 3: Years 10-close

  • Years of hard work continues to transform lives
  • Community self-sufficiency grows
  • A sustainable plan for the future is determined
  • World Vision leaves

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