Rural Africa Water Development Project’s “Mor-sand Filter for oil producing communities” has expanded into the 28th community, and installs a total of 21,023 filters for local households. This milestone is part of the project’s long term aim to produce and install 78,000 filters for 78,000 households serving well over 624,000 people in 78 dispersed communities by 2012.
According to the project coordinator, Joachim Ibeziako Ezeji; with the vastness of the Niger Delta — 187 local government areas, about 30 million peoples, 12 per cent of Nigeria’s surface area, 13,329 communities, with only 98 being urban centers, long coastlines and environments that are devastated, the challenge still remains very huge. This therefore necessitated the rebranding of the project from Mor-sand filters for oil producing communities, to “Project 78 for 78,000 filters in 2012”. He said that 78 clean water artisans have already been trained and are expected to man the proposed 78 water filter factories to be set up before the end of 2012. Each filter factory will accordingly be supported to manufacture 1000 filters by the end of the project year in 2012; …..‘’by so doing, we aim to produce 78,000 filters for 78,000 households’’..he said.
According to the project coordinator, as a means of monitoring progress toward the goals and objectives set for the project; Rural Africa Water Development Project (RAWDP) in collaboration with a multi-stakeholder group that comprised of traditional institutions, government line ministries, Community Based Organizations and community volunteers etc. developed a core set of indicators for effective Monitoring and Evaluation. The objectives of the Monitoring and Evaluation includes the need to measure progress against objectives and performance standards, and to enable accountability to donors, partners and people affected by the project.
Speaking at the reception for RAWDP, a community woman; Madam Matilda Ogar said …“I thank this NGO for remembering us and teaching us how to make our water clean again, at least my son that has been idle since leaving college now work as a water artisan. For helping us solve a serious headache, our people are grateful to you and your supporters. May all your other good plans for us be rewarded with good health and prosperity by God almighty”
We are grateful to all our supporters’ who have assisted us raise every kobo so far used in producing and installation of a total of 21,023 filters for 21,023 Households; the training of 78 youths in this regards and the staging of participatory Water and Sanitation (WASH) classes for 39,522 men and 54,678 women in these communities. Though the task still remains enormous, but with you, we remain strong willed to continue. Your support cannot easily be quantified. We are grateful!
As the project courageously moves on, RAWDP invites all its supporters to feel free to ask questions and make suggestions that would enable us do better.
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