World Vision Niger is committed to contribute towards the Government of Niger’s fight against extreme poverty amongst its population. WVN will do this in line with the World Vision partnership’s Child Well-Being Aspirations, the Strategic Objectives of the West Africa Region, and in compliance with policies and procedures in Niger.
Children enjoy good health:
WV Niger has an extensive presence in health programming across five regions of the country, including existing programs in 34 health centres and programs soon to be launched in an additional 25 small health clinics to improve access in remote areas.
WV Niger was one of the first organizations to assist the Government of Niger in addressing acute malnutrition through the implementation of community management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) programs in the country. At the local level, WV Niger works very closely with Ministry of Health staff and volunteers in the implementation of CMAM with a large emphasis placed on capacity building. WV Niger’s health and nutrition staff is led by a medical doctor and comprised of individuals with backgrounds in nutrition, pediatric health, and infant and young child feeding (IYCF), and who are familiar with many nutrition interventions supported by USAID and other donors.
Some of World Vision’s health strategies include:
- Reduce under 5 mortality all ADPs by improving health through nutrition, immunization, anti-malaria and hygiene promotion interventions.
- Increase access to safe water, and increase sanitation solutions in order to reduce water related diseases.
- Increase the quality and access to basic health care and nutritional interventions for children and women.
- Increase prevention and advocacy initiatives for OVC and households affected by HIV and AIDS.
- Contribute to a decrease in the number of early marriages of girls in order to reduce cases of fistula, reduce maternal and neo-natal mortality, and positively influence school attendance and completion.
- Reduce the rate of global acute malnutrition and chronic malnutrition among children under 5.
Children are educated for life:
WVN’s Strategic Objectives for education are to increase the percentage of children at age 11 that can read and count in WVN’s areas of intervention from 20% to 40%.
WVN is also focusing on increasing access to and the quality of education, and skills building for children, youth and adults by 5% in all ADPs.
WVN will contribute to this strategic objective by advocating so that the government opens new schools, allocates more resources and makes policies that encourage disabled and vulnerable children to attend schools. WVN will work on the ground with parents associations, NGOs and community leaders to overcome the resistance of sending children to school.
Children experience the love of God and neighbours:
World Vision will continue to express our mission and fundamental values through our daily interaction with partners as well as through personal conduct.
Establish a productive partnership with churches and Christian agencies to create a synergy that will accelerate the accomplishment of our mission.
Children are cared for, protected and participating:
WVN will help promote good leadership, encourage integrity and transparency by identifying and training potential leaders who will be able to reinforce the capacities of Core Teams in community mobilization to educate and prepare children for future responsibilities to become agents of change.
WVN is working to combat early marriage amongst young girls and the effects this has on their education. Niger has one of the highest child marriage rates in the world. World Vision Niger is working through children’s clubs to raise awareness amongst communities in an effort to reduce child marriages and keep girls in schools.
The children’s clubs that are funded by WV Niger train children on their rights and on advocacy. Clubs also help children to be involved in hygiene and sanitation activities and in protecting the environment by planting trees in schools. In terms of education the clubs organize “catch-up” sessions that allow students who already have a good level of education to help those who have a lower level by studying and doing homework together.
One child who belonged to one of these clubs said that she learned a lot about child rights, girl’s education and child participation in community development, especially advocacy; something which remains a very important means to protect children from harmful traditional practices such as genital mutilation and early marriage, which are common in Niger.
Because of their new knowledge about child rights, members of one children’s club advocated to the local education authority for a healthy educational environment and requested the construction of latrines. The children’s club even advocated to World Vision to have more school supplies and was provided with 150 tables and benches and 200 English text books.