Water is life, as the Tuareg say. A well is the heart of a community, but during the dry season when temperatures rise and water levels fall, a nomad must spend as many as 14 hours per day hauling water for herds and family. Nomad Foundation has created cemented wells which require no maintenance, but many hours of manual labor per day to draw water for herds.
Abundant water is available, but very deep and the cost prohibitive for nomads. We have built the facilities to provide healthcare, education and opportunity at the Tamesna Center for Nomadic Life. Now we are ready to expand the community to serve a greater population, but more water is needed to make that possible. Tamesna also needs a source of income to maintain the community. Nomads happily pay for water that is pumped to the surface, but funds are necessary to maintain the pumping system. A community income can help maintain the school, clinic and all the facilities at Tamesna and create a sustainable future for the nomads.
Drill the Well for Tamesna
The final step for sustainability and to provide a model for all nomadic communities in Niger at the Tamesna Center for Nomadic Life is to drill a deeper well.$275.00 donated of $250,000.00 goal