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   Niger - Agadez

Nomads - Wells, Schools, Herds


The Rotary Clubs of Agadez, Niger (D9100) and Westlake Village Sunrise, California (D5240) seek to address the plight of the nomadic Tuareg and Wodaabe of Niger. In Niger, the poorest country in the world, livestock is the second largest export after uranium. This indicates that it is a viable occupation in an economically undeveloped country. The nomadic people are the herders who produce this livestock. They are at constant risk from reoccurring droughts and famines as shown in 2005 when thousands of animals died and the people faced starvation. They are in need of help to modify their ancient system in order for them to be able to continue their traditional occupation, which is so important for their country and the survival of their cultures. As a part of this modification, the nomads have agreed to settle part of their families each year near a family well, where the children will stay to attend school. This gives the nomads, always difficult to find, an address where they can establish a link to the world which can allow them to improve their existing skills and add new ones to provide a sustainable future.

Primary Host Partner in the Project Country

Club: Agadez

District: 9100

Primary Contact: Leslie Clark


Check all projects from: [District 9100] [Agadez Rotary Club] [Leslie Clark]

Primary International Partner Outside the Project Country

Club: Westlake Village Sunrise

District: 5240

Primary Contact: Randy Strong

Email: [invalid email on file]

Check all projects from: [District 5240] [Westlake Village Sunrise Rotary Club] [Randy Strong]

Proposed Financing

Primary Host Sponsor Rotary Club/District

Rotary Club of Agadez


Primary International Sponsor Rotary Club/District

Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise


Additional Rotary Clubs/Districts

Rotary Club of Annapolis


District 7620 DDF


Rotary Club of Conejo Valley


Rotary Club of Simi Valley Sunrise


Rotary Club of Torrey Pines (La Jolla)


Rotary Club of Deep River (CT)


Rotary Club of Chester (CT)


Rotary Club of Essex (CT)


District 7980 DDF


Amount requested from the Rotary Foundation




Status and Progress Information


This project is completed. Project listed for the 2006-07 Rotary Year.

The Matching Grant application number from TRF is #63278.

The TRF Staff in charge of this grant is Frederic LaHaye (

This grant was successfully completed and the final report filed and accepted in March 2007. Six wells were dug, two schools supported with supplies for a year. A herd of cattle and sheep established to provide replacement animals in times of drought and transportation to visit the remote projects was provided by partially financing a 4x4 Nissan Patrol.

<11-Sep-06> System Entry
Creation of project page.

<23-Jan-07> System Entry
Pledge of $6,000 with $6,000 DDF by Tony Spencer of the Rotary Club of Anapolis, District 7620.

<22-Feb-07> System Entry
Pledge of $6,000 by Philippe Lamoise of the Rotary Club of Torrey Pines (La Jolla), District 5340.

<27-Mar-07> System Entry
Grant paperwork sent to The Rotary Foundation.

<16-May-07> by Philippe Lamoise
TRF confirmed that the application is complete and has been forwarded for approval. Should be approved in a couple of weeks.

<29-May-07> System Entry
Grant approved by The Rotary Foundation.

<13-Jun-07> by Philippe Lamoise
$6,000 contribution from Torrey Pines sent to TRF through the Matching Grants Website DAF.

<17-Dec-07> by Randy Strong
This grant was fully funded by TRF on 12-10-07. Projects are now underway.

<3-Aug-08> System Entry
Grant status changed to "Completed".

<6-Nov-08> by Susan Thorning
Status varies from District report.

<14-Nov-08> by Susan Thorning
Received confirmation that this project is still open. The project status was changed on the website. Please note that a report will be due in December.

<16-May-09> System Entry
Grant status changed to "Completed".

<17-May-09> by Randy Strong
Project ongoing.