THE COMMUNITY SAFE WATER PROJECT: AN IMPACTFUL INTERVENTION
It is a well-known fact that on the average, the human body is made up of 60 to 65% of water, making it an important fluid for any human body to function as a living thing. It has also been proven that, water makes up about 78% of the Earth’s surface, yet this abundant substance is hard to come by in many underserved communities all over Nigeria. Report shared by World Health Organization also shows that around 315,000 children under-five die every day from diarrhea diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That’s 900 children per day or one child every two minutes.
In Nigeria, the high mortality rate among children is primarily as reported above. Most rural households in Nigeria obtain water from unsafe sources which are usually muddy, brownish, unpleasant taste, series of impurities, constant human activities done around or in the water especially streams or river where clothes are washed, bathing, toileting in or around the water. This situation has led to a pandemic, in which several people suffered from affected water borne diseases and illness, which at times culminate in death with women and children as the most affected. The pupils attending public primary schools in these communities, at times, walk many kilometers with buckets and kegs on their heads in search of water, thereby loosing valuable time allocated for study.
Thus there’s an urgent need to provide Clean and Safe Water facilities, which will serve as viable sources of drinking water in the underserved schools and communities.
AfriGrowth Foundation, a non-governmental organization in partnership with Atlas Copco Nigeria Limited initiated the Community Safe Water Project and Water for All Project to cater for communities experiencing these challenges. Eight (8) borehole facilities were drilled and installed for 7 communities in Lagos and Ogun states. The Project was funded by Atlas Copco Nigeria Limited. Four borehole facilities were installed in Idotun, Ilege, Idasho and Origanrigan communities, located in Okun-Lekki in Lagos State; while the remaining four borehole facilities were installed in Idowa, Ala-Ijebu and Ibefun in Ogun State.
The borehole facilities were officially commissioned on August 17, 2018. The Community Leaders were exceptionally happy and applauded the project
AfriGrowth Foundation through Community Safe Water Project is aiming to provide clean and safe water facilities for underserved schools and communities; reduce water related diseases in the identified communities; and effectively train community leaders and members on water sanitation, hygiene and project sustainability.