Saturday, February 7, 2009

Stay-Alive Safe Water Project-Nigeria

"One in eight people in the world do not have access to safe water. Many women and children in rural areas in developing countries spend hours each day walking kilometres to collect water from unprotected sources such as open wells, muddy dugouts or streams.
In urban areas they collect it from polluted waterways or pay high prices to buy it from vendors who obtain it from dubious sources. The water is often dirty and unsafe, but they have no alternative.

Carrying the heavy water containers back home is an exhausting task, which takes up valuable time and energy. It often prevents women from doing vital domestic or income generating work and stops children from going to school....."(waterAid website)

Diarrhoeal diseases caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation, such as cholera, typhoid and dysentery, are common across the developing world - killing 5,000 children every single day. It is on this background that the Stay-Alive Safe Water Project-Nigeria came to be.

Stay-Alive Safe Water Project-Nigeria is in collaboration with Safe the Future Initiative, Earth Charter Youth Initiative-Nigeria and EFEMMAB Foundation for Women and is aimed at advocating and campaigning for accessible Safe water for rural communiities; to adopt a more integrated approach to development that recognises how water and sanitation are vital in poverty reduction. It also involves community sensitization on sanitation and hygiene.
Pilot phase : Kwara State was selected as the beneficiary of the pilot phase of this project.
Our projects' impact
Once communities have access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education, they can escape the water and sanitation poverty trap. Freed up from hours of water collection and the misery of water-related disease, communities are better able to channel their time and energy into more productive activities and simple enjoyment of life.
Project Needs
This project need resource for sustainability such as: Funds, Capacity Building , volunteers, expects etc..
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