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Amman Imman Water is Life, Inc.

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Causes: Environment, International, International Development, International Relief, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: Amman Imman: Water is Life empowers and preserves Africa's most vulnerable indigenous peoples by offering organic, sustainable development options and emphasizes the role of women as a guiding force for renewed hope, optimism and dignity. Amman Imman also engages school children worldwide as future leaders guided by compassion and philanthropy as they reach out to our African communities in friendship and solidarity.

Results: Since 2006, Amman Imman has worked in the Azawak of West Africa, and brought sustainable sources of water to over 100,000 people and animals.

Target demographics: empower and preserve the most vulnerable indigenous peoples by offering organic, sustainable development options and emphasizes the role of women as a guiding force for renewed hope, optimism and dignity.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 100,000 people and animals gain access to water, and worked with local people in five communities on health, education, food and livelihood activities

Geographic areas served: Africa

Programs: Through our Oases of Life program in Niger: borehole construction, management training, women's empowerment, skills-training, health and sanitation, livestock, education, food programs, sustenance farming, economic development. Through our Wells of Love education program: prepare students in over 150 schools as global citizens by providing opportunities for them to reach out in friendship and solidarity with the people of the Azawak.

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1 Corinna L.

Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

3 Harlene B.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

2

Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

2 Peter56

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amman Imman is the real deal--compassionate, effective, and saving lives every day.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5


As a teacher and mother, I appreciate the opportunity The Wells of Love Program of Amman Imman has provided children to make meaningful contributions. The photographs, personal testimonies and tools for schools help students make a deep and personal connections with the people of the Azawak. It has been a joy to see children beaming with the satisfaction of helping others through walks for water, carnivals, bake sales and other fund raisers. In addition to building life saving, sustainable water sources in the Azawak, Amman Imman is helping children to build a more peaceful world.

2

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of knowing, working with & seeing the results of being associated with Arriane and her wonderful humanity. When I wake every morning before the chatter in my head gets the best of me, I thank God for his gifts and I start with the basics - food, shelter - WATER. Arriane and her team give so much of themselves so others can have water - life. In the end isn't that what it's all about? To give of yourself for others...to give the gift of life or at least a chance at. Water is life. How appropo.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm honored to be able to work with this wonderful, organization. Amman Imman, Water is Life literally has saved thousands of lives by providing clean water and continues to help with on-going projects to improve the lives of so many. It's founder, Ariane Kirtley has shown what the true spirit of giving is all about.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have and currently work with a number of non-profits in the DC/MD/VA area (as a donor/volunteer/advisor). Amman Imman hands down does the most with each dollar donated to its cause. The majority of this nonprofit is made up of unpaid volunteers who care about the organization, its cause, and who are dedicated to making the world a better place. The associate director who works in the US and the Founder who actually works on the ground, both in Niger and the US, are both intelligent, motivated, and two of the sweetest people you could possibly want to work with. The leadership circle all have designated and specific duties with routine meetings to keep everyone on track.

There is also a strong donor base that helps fund this nonprofit's endeavors, though additional funding would be a tremendous help to this cause. Please visit their website and take a look at the great work they are doing: https://www.ammanimman.org/

1 Ed__32

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Having known Ariane for many years, I have always been impressed with her dedication to helping humanity. Her founding of Amman Imman was a great leap in helping the people of Niger to enjoy the benefits of sources for clean water.

2 Frédéric H.

Donor

Rating: 5

Une association comme on en trouve plus. Beaucoup de dynamisme et d'implication de l'équipe dirigeante... Let's go !!!

1 Ariane K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I want to thank everyone that has dedicated their time and precious moments of their life to help make our work such a success. Amman Imman thrives thanks to the passion, commitment, and expertise of our volunteer driven team. Thank you also to all our students that believe in us, and have befriended children across the world to not only drastically improve their lives, but support their dreams for a more promising future. You are all our Amman Imman heroes.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Amman Imman since 2012. This organization does a lot with a little. Every activity they undertake is full of passion and caring.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for Amman Imman since 2007. My school has been involved since 2006. The students have loved helping this amazing cause and I feel so fortunate to be a part of it! Ariane and Debbie do an amazing job raising awareness and helping the beautiful people of the Azawak. My students are extremely passionate about supporting Amman Imman and continue to amaze me with their compassion to serve others. Amman Imman has given the students a voice and a way to share their love with others!! It's an amazing organization!