1. Project Location: Niamey, Niger
2. Project Name and General Description of Project: Bringing Life to the Desert
3. Contact Person/Project Director: Lezlie Ellis
4. Specific Type of Work to Be Completed: Veterinary Clinic
a. Work environment (geographic setting): City and desert camp.
b.People Group that volunteers will be working with: Idaksahak
5. Specific Dates if applicable (or TBD): August 11-21.
a. Approx. length of stay including travel time from the U.S. (or other country): 10 days.
6. Specific skills needed and/or recommended including possible educational requirements and/or credentials if needed: Veterinarian who can treat camels, sheep, goats and do some basic training to teach the people how to take care of their desert animals. Must be certified and bring a copy of your certificate.
7. Can college students serve in this project? Yes
8. Team Size (minimum/maximum; gender preference, if any): There are 4 people from a church coming to work with this vet or vets. Male is our gender preference, possibly a 1-2 person team.
9. Health considerations/requirements: Persons with back conditions need to be aware of possible bumpy roads.
10. Ministry items to bring: Necessary medical equipment/supplies.
11. Airport of Arrival: Niamey, Niger.
12. Local Transportation: We hope to have access to a vehicle from the Baptist Guesthouse otherwise we will need to rent 4-wheel vehicles.
13. Probable lodging arrangements: Baptist Guesthouse with the possibility of an overnight in the desert.
14. What, if any, additional items like sleeping bags, sheets, etc. needed: Inflatable mattress, sheet and pillow if overnight stay in desert camp.
EXPENSES – ON THE FIELD
15. Total Approximate cost: $450 plus cost of necessary medical supplies if purchased on the field. We are prepared to help with expenses but would want to hear about what BGR may be able to fund.
(included but not limited to the following):
a. Transportation: From and to airport, worksite and lodging location.
b. Onsite expenses – Food, lodging, translators (if needed).
c. Airport taxes/exit fees (Often only payable in USD).
d. Ministry items to purchase on the field.
16. Personal Items to bring: Flashlight, mosquito repellent, personal hygiene and medicines, battery operated fan, road snacks.
17. Cultural Considerations (including language): You will be working among staunch muslims. They are resistant to the gospel and will be persecuted when they convert. You MUST be sensitive to this. Women must wear ankle length skirts and sleeves below the elbow. Head and shoulders must be covered. You will be working through a translator.
18. Other Special Consideration(s)
a. Specific immunizations: Yellow Fever Immunization Required; Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A, B recommended; Meningitis recommended.
b. Visa needs/requirements: 1 month Tourist.
c. Specific security concerns (STS): Veterinarian to do routine checkups on desert animals.
d. Information for landing cards/entry forms: Guesthouse @ 857 Rue de Ambassades, Niamey, Niger.
e. Climate: Hot and Rainy.
f. Clothing recommendation(s)/ Women must wear ankle length skirts and have head and shoulders covered. Men must wear long pants and shirts. Sandals or closed toe shoes are recommended.
g. Cash, travelers checks, credit cards/ATM’s: Cash/ATM.
h. Communication/Email availability (or lack thereof): Wifi is available at the guesthouse.
i. Emergency contact info: Cherry Faile +227-9762-1196.
j. Other: +227-9644-6720 Kris Riggs.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Sub-Sahara Africa Baptist Global Response/Kentucky Baptist Partnership Checklist
The Kentucky Baptist Convention has compiled a checklist resource to assist our volunteer teams preparing to serve in Sub Sahara Africa. It is important that teams follow the information provided in this document to ensure the best mission experience. Please click on the link to access the Checklist: