NGO Amman Imman

Mariama drinks clean waterSoon after graduating from Yale University with a B.A. in Anthropology and a Master’s in International Public Health, I returned to the Sahara in 2005 as a Fulbright scholar. I spent several months living alongside Tuareg and Fulani herders in Niger’s Azawak Valley. There I witnessed children dying from dehydration: young boys and girls who walked up to 30 kilometers a day in searing 45° heat — not for pleasure, but out of desperation to find water. In 2006 I founded the international NGO Amman Imman: Water is Life, to address the needs of minorities in Africa, beginning with constructing deep borehole wells in the Azawak. Twelve years later, and Amman Imman has brought water to close to 100,000 people.

Amman Imman: Water is Life is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Donations gratefully accepted. Click here to learn more.

Amman Imman logoAmman Imman empowers and supports Africa’s most vulnerable indigenous peoples and engages students worldwide as socially conscious leaders. Through our Africa-based program, Oases of Life, we establish points of civilization that flourish, beginning with the construction of permanent water sources. Our programs emphasize the role of women and youth as a guiding force for societal stability, optimism, and resilience.

Happy World Water Day!

Happy World Water Day!

Girls from our Amman Imman Ebagueye community are playing in the pristine water gushing from their borehole, constructed in 2012 ...
Building Hope. Giving Education. Providing Opportunities. 

Building Hope. Giving Education. Providing Opportunities. 

 Families walk up to 30 miles a day searching for water. Children have little to no time for education ...
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY Happy International Women's Day and a special dedication to the women I work within the context ...
A MARSH DRINK

A MARSH DRINK

A MARSH DRINK In this photo, Perri fetches water in a marsh alongside cattle and sheep. The marsh was evaporating ...
WATER IS EDUCATION

WATER IS EDUCATION

WATER IS EDUCATION Amman Imman, the organization I founded and run, is raising money to build the "Water is Education" ...
The Solution For Climate Change

The Solution For Climate Change

THE SOLUTION FOR CLIMATE CHANGE Did you know that combining girls education and family planning has recently been identified as ...
The Solution For Climate-Change

The Solution For Climate-Change

THE SOLUTION FOR CLIMATE-CHANGE Did you know that combining girls education and family planning has recently been identified as the ...
Childhood Marriage

Childhood Marriage

CHILDHOOD MARRIAGE: Girls in the Azawak often marry between the ages of 10 and 14, depending on their ethnic group ...
Life Without Water:

Life Without Water:

Life Without Water: Azawak families walk up to 50km/day to obtain water. Due to severe water scarcity, they live off ...
The Azawak

The Azawak

THE AZAWAK The Azawak is a vast plain, the size of Florida, expanding over Mali and Niger. Its 500,000 inhabitants—primarily ...
Doubara, Friends, and Reconstructive Surgery

Doubara, Friends, and Reconstructive Surgery

To me, this photo taken at the Noma center in Niamey, is both a heartbreaking and sweet photo. Heartbreaking because ...
Thank You, for Doubara

Thank You, for Doubara

THANK YOU, for Doubara! This photo symbolizes comradery and friendship, and I wanted to share it to extend a huge ...
Doubara NOMA

Doubara NOMA

Doubara, a nine-year old orphan from the village of Jadiri. Doubara has NOMA, or facial gangrene. I met Doubara during ...
Mother to her Brothers OR When Dreams are Lost

Mother to her Brothers OR When Dreams are Lost

Mother to her Brothers OR When Dreams are Lost: Houlaye goes to school 2 or 3 times a week, if ...
Mother to her Brothers OR When Dreams are Lost

Mother to her Brothers OR When Dreams are Lost

Mother to her Brothers OR When Dreams are Lost: Fati goes to school 2 or 3 times a week, if ...
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