Tuesday, October 2, 2012

EPN's New Water Project in Niger

Even though we have recently shared news of too much water in Niger, the problem of too little water is still a very real one. That being said, it's time to share a new project with all of you. This latest grant will be used to fund the Tonko Bangou village water project in Libore, Niger. 

This project has come about because of the initial passion of Pete Brach. The Brach family were major supporters of the Farmers of the Future project in 2011, and have also been major supporters of the work of Advisory Committee Member, Dov Pasternak, for many years

When Pete traveled with John and Judy to Niger last winter, he was moved by the plight of villages who had no access to water. They learned that the Nigerien government is building a water pipeline that will reach many of these villages, and will supply water to any village that pays to be connected to the pipeline. 

Pete was really impressed with the ability of water to transform the landscape, as well as the lives of the people in these villages. He had John stop on the road and take the two photos you see above. One is to the left of the road; the other is to the right - same spot in the road.The top photo shows the typical barren landscape of Niger, while the photo on the bottom shows an irrigated field, green, with acres of rice. Access to water is the foundation for a healthy population and a healthy economy. Pete immediately grasped this, and set a goal to raise funds to make as many connections as possible to the new public water pipe on order to bring safe water to communities along the main road southeast of Niamey. His efforts will make a world of difference for those people.

The first contributions total $6,200 ($3200 from Pete and $3000 from the Brach Family Charitable Foundation) to connect the village of Tonko Bangou to the government pipeline. Approximately 5,000 people will benefit from this grant.

If you're interested in helping out with this project, please visit the DONATE page.

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