We are currently cycling across the North Americas to help raise money for this charity and bring about awareness of all their hard work and dreams! Because of their enormous dedication to the people of the Azawak, in bringing precious water to them and providing support to families in a myriad of other ways, I decided on Amman Imman as a charity that I wanted to support on this trip. Their hard work and dedication has made such a huge difference to the people of the Azawak, I don't think we can fathom it truly. Amman Imman has been instrumental in saving lives in this area of Niger.
I was first introduced to Amman Imman through the Wells of Love program through my daughter's Montessori school. My daughter and now my son have raised funds through completing a walk for water for over 5 years now. It has been an incredibly meaningful experience for them to experience the culture of Azawak every year in a small way. But what has impressed me the most about Amman Imman is that it is truly a sustainable effort within country that also educates the global community through education and outreach.
The dedicated and hard working family who began this beautiful organization to bring water to many, has made the impossible possible. I am so awed and inspired by what can be done out of love and compassion for others. For from this love of others, came water and then hope for life.
Among the reasons I donate to Amman Imman is that it is the dream and the work of Ariane Kirtley and her family. Ariane's passion and commitment won me over to wanting to be a part of this plan to bring water to this terrible drought stricken area in the Niger desert. Amman Imman has not only brought water up from the aquafore beneath the desert, but taught the residents to run the operation and to use the water to farm and grow food. Amman Imman is not only highly effective in meeting it's goals; in saving lives and providing access to potable water, but it is work that is done with great personal caring and love. Unlike giving to a large charity, I feel a connection with this work and blessed to be able to help.
As a journalist and TV commentator specialized in Africa, I have often written and spoken about African development programs. What makes Amman Imman exemplary as a development NGO are two aspects: 1) its commitment to serving the needs of the population, as expressed by the people themselves. This creates sustainable buy-in and creates a collaborative environment for empowerment. 2) the efficient way it manages funds; I know of no other NGO that does as good a job of maximizing the percentage of its resources that go directly to its on-the-ground work of serving people.
Moreover, Amman Imman is a beautiful success story. Raising more than a million dollars since its inception in 2006, this NGO has literally saved the lives of thousands of children, and given hope to tens of thousands of people, thanks to creating permanent water sources (and related development projects) in areas where water was becoming almost non-existent due to persistent drought brought on by climate change. Another special aspect of their work is how this energetic NGO educates schoolchildren worldwide about the cultures of the people it serves, creating friendship exchanges and education-centric events to show solidarity with children in Africa.
I do not believe there are many other small NGO's in the world that have done so much in such a short time frame. I recommend Amman Imman without reservation.
Several years ago I learned of Amman Imman: the vision in action of it's founder, Ariane Kirtley, creates reliable clean water supplies, bringing increased wellness and support to the people of the Azawak Valley in western Africa, and I had to be a part of it. Volunteering with Amman Imman, educating US children as to the plight of the day to day existence of the indigenous people of Niger and Mali, creating fundraising streams and helping our global neighbors, is so rewarding. I have found those involved with Amman Imman truly relentlessly give their time, expertise and money for the love of this cause.
I donate to this amazing foundation, not only because I want to help with this life-saving project, but because I have known the founder and director of "Water Is Life" for many years, and I trust her completely without reservation. Her dedication and devotion to helping people she spent time with as a child runs deep with a strong desire to give back to those who gave so much to her. Ariane has a full understanding of their suffering, the beautiful people they are, and what their needs are. She is a highly educated, intelligent, caring, loving, conscientious, and trustworthy woman on a mission! Kudos to Ariane and her amazing team for the precious work they do to provide fresh, clean water to those who so desperately need it!
I have been associated with Amman Imman for a number of years, both as a volunteer on various projects and as a donor. In addition, I had the opportunity to help secure a few grants to them from foundations based in the US. Like so many others, I have been impressed with the dedication of Ariane Kirtley and her team. They intimately understand the local situation in Niger and neighboring countries. They are selfless, conscientious, and hard-working. They keep their overhead very low, in part due to all the enthusiastic volunteers who have pitched in over the years. It is common knowledge that many grants are wasted on projects/programs that are ill-conceived and/or poorly managed. I feel confident that any funding received by Amman Imman will be spent wisely.
This is truly a hard-working, conscientious, and passionate organization that helps bring water and life to the people of the Azawak in Niger. By drilling into the aquifer beneath the desert's surface Amman Imman provides a clean, safe, healthy, and dependable source of water in a region where otherwise it is an extremely scarce resource. I have complete trust that my donations are being well spent.
Amman Imman is an incredible organization to work alongside. Their programs truly engage the community and are sustainable in the long term! Their devotion to the Azawak region of Africa is praiseworthy.