I recieved this email today from red cross and it made my day!
My name is Susanna Cunningham and I am writing to you today from Niger, in West Africa with an update on the current situation there.You may not be aware (because it receives very little media coverage), but right now there is a staggering humanitarian crisis unfolding in Niger.
Today there are over 1.5 million people at immediate risk of dying from hunger and thirst, 92% of them are children.
In some regions infant mortality rates are among the highest in the world. Disease and malnutrition are widespread.
Thanks to you Elaine, The Irish Red Cross is building wells and water systems in some of the poorest and most high-risk communities of Niger.
Nafissatou lives with her husband and five children in a simple handmade mud hut. Every day Nafissatou would put her new baby in a sling on her back and walk for six hours across the desert to a broken old well to collect water. Then, exhausted and dehydrated, she carried her child and the precious water she had collected back home - in an old jerry can perched carefully on her head.
She made this trip every single day, just to try and keep her children alive. That is the deeply shocking reality of life in Niger. And that is why, as we speak, the Irish Red Cross is working with a host of local volunteers to build a system of wells, boreholes and water towers in order to provide a safe, secure source of clean water. You have helped to build these wells.
“Since the Irish Red Cross built our well, I can wash my children and their clothes. And there is some water for cooking. My baby has clean skin. I now can grow some vegetables to give my children better food.” – Nafissatou (through a local translator)
With water communities