Active Since: 2012
Niger is a large country facing multiple natural, economic and humanitarian challenges. Since 2012, IEDA Relief’s Niger programs have focused on supporting various displaced populations and their host communities in different regions of Niger. Beginning in early 2012, instability in northern Mali led over 50,000 Malian refugees to flee across the border into Niger. In 2013, due to increasing violence in northern Nigeria, Nigerian refugees and Nigerien returnees also began moving in large numbers across the Niger border in search of safety and stability. Over 100,000 refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and returnees have sought refuge in the Diffa region, most of which reside in host communities. In addition to population movements, threats such as desertification, recurrent flooding, insect invasions, droughts and bush fires can cause crop deficits and destroy livelihoods, leading to extreme poverty and food insecurity. Due to a lack of access to basic services such as clean water, education and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities, malnutrition and recurrent epidemics recurrent of cholera, malaria, and measles pose major threats to the population. All of IEDA Relief’s Niger programs thus take environmental, health and socio-economic factors into account in order to build the capacity of both local and displaced populations.
In Diffa, IEDA Relief works with UNICEF and local water authorities to provide relevant facilities and products such as latrines, aquatabs for water disinfection, handwashing stations with soap, and water storage containers, and to train community leaders to raise awareness of health risks and promote hygiene, mobilizing communities to adopt preventive measures in areas at high risk of infectious diseases. Since 2014, over 15,400 individuals, 8 health centers and 32 schools with a total of 6,281 students have benefited from distributions and trainings in effective personal, household and environmental hygiene practices.
In 2014, IEDA Relief provided livelihoods opportunities for 700 households in 4 departments of Diffa, working with the UNHCR, community leaders, and municipalities to identify and train 56 refugee, returnee and host community youths; develop, fund, and monitor group business plans; and provide the tools necessary to improve personal and household finances. In addition, IEDA Relief created sources of additional income for 600 beneficiaries by constructing a nursery site with a production capacity of 5,000 plants, monitoring the growth and harvest of plants for consumption and marketing, and advising households in marketing strategies. In addition to providing a source of income for beneficiaries, this project also helped to promote effective environmental practices and to combat malnutrition in the region.
In 2014 and 2015, IEDA Relief worked with the UNHCR to support over 14,000 Malian refugees in the zone d’accueil de refugies (ZAR) of Intekane, providing access to infrastructure and basic services such as safe drinking water for refugees and their livestock, and promoting peaceful coexistence with local communities and the protection of natural resources in the region.
For more information on our programs in Niger, check the French version of our 2015 Annual Report.
IEDA Relief works in coordination with a number of humanitarian, government and UN partners to support displaced and local populations in Niger, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the Commission nationale d’éligibilité (CNE).
“We lost everything” – read about IEDA Relief’s support for displaced women in the Kablewa camp here.