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The Water Pump Repairer

Djibo Daouda supports his whole community and surrounding communities by repairing water pumps.
Djibo Daouda supports his whole community and surrounding communities by repairing water pumps.
July 30, 2014
A Plan International program is training villagers in Niger to repair water pumps.

Djibo Daouda, 55, from the village of Sandidey in Niger, is one of the many water pump repairers newly trained through a Plan International program.

“I participated in two training sessions provided by Plan, which allows me to carry out my repairing activities,” he said. “I help my community and other communities in my village.”

In Niger, more than 80 percent of the population lives in rural areas and only 50 percent have access to safe drinking water. Very often, families have to drink water from wells that are in a state of disrepair, which are unusable due to their wooden structure and depth.

Plan’s water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) project reinforces the abilities of community members, through the training of craftsmen. This initiative covers villages in the regions of Dosso and Tallabery, as well as the Tabarey Barey refugee camp.

The first time the pump in Daouda’s village broke, the community spent more than a year drinking unclean water from poorly-maintained wells. The closest water pump repairer was based in Dosso, which is around 300 kilometers away and whose services were too expensive to employ.

With the training provided by Plan, the people of Sandidey are now able to repair and maintain their well at the community level. Daouda is able to repair the pumps whenever they break. His presence in the village has relieved the entire community. It ensures that there is a constant water supply and the repair costs are affordable.

“This work also allows me to have a stable income, and I also maintain water pumps in neighboring villages, which have no repairmen,” said Daouda. “If the opportunity arises, I will, in turn, train others in how to maintain the water pump equipment in case I am not around – so people will not suffer in my absence.”

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