12-year-old Marima used to have to walk for hours to find water for her family in Tera, Niger.
Now, thanks to her sponsor, and those of other children in her community, new boreholes, wells and water kiosks have been built in Tera.
Having safe water helps families improve their hygiene, from using toilets and washing their hands to keeping their dishes, homes and clothes clean. That’s preventing illnesses like diarrhoea.
Local groups are monitoring all the water points, and have been trained on how to maintain them, making sure they continue to provide safe clean water for the community going forward.
The difference this makes is stark. In 1999, only 50% of families in Tera had easy access to safe water. In 2019, 80% did.