The inhabitants of Ougouba adhere to a pastoral nomadic way of life, moving with the changing seasons. Despite this, the villages remain constantly inhabited, grounded by agricultural necessities. Animal husbandry and farming form the backbone of their economy. Yet, challenges like clean water scarcity, limited education, insufficient healthcare, and lack of electrification persist. Moreover, changing environmental patterns are causing reduced rainfall, adversely affecting farming and livestock.
Water scarcity poses a pressing issue for Ougouba's villages. Clean sanitation, often taken for granted in developed nations, is a lifeline that can transform the health and well-being of a community. In Ougouba, there is a lack of access to clean water. My mission is to empower the community with sustainable solutions by addressing this critical need. Harnessing the abundant sunlight of the Sahara, I envision a future where solar-powered pumps provide consistent, clean water, merging traditional ways of life with innovative technology. By implementing such a solution, entire villages of people will drastically enhance their day-to-day lives – whether it be elderly mothers not having to ruin their backs using the wells or children who can save more time for school instead of spending entire days collecting water like I had to do when I was a kid.
My ambition forces can lead to first building clean water Wells in Ougouba and its neighboring villages. Given its reliability and ease of installation, solar energy is a promising solution for these communities.