By Joachim Ibeziako Ezeji - Chief Eecutive Officer
To effectively accelerate our work, we have relaunched our dispersion model which is underpinned by micro-finance as a catalyst (using a revolving loan approach). This has been so designed because we recognize that the vastness of the Niger Delta —about 30 million people dispersed in 13,329 communities, with only 98 being urban centers and environments that are devastated etc. that it would be pretty hard to reach critical areas where the clean drinking water needs are most critical in the delta. A major barrier has been those of logistics particularly, transportation, which has been quite high and have constrained coordination in the dispersed communities in the region. Transportation often takes more than 30% of our operational costs. This model has accordingly created positions for trained entrepreneurs who now work independently in remote locations where they live thereby reducing the huge transportation cost.In 2009, the transporation cost has come down to just 10%. By relaunching this model we aim to accelerate our expansion pace and access unreached critical areas and achieve sustainability within a sooner timeline such that by the year 2012 we aim to have 78,000 filters in use across the delta. This will be achieved via 78 local filter factories to be set up in 78 different and well dispersed rural communities, each being headed by a trained entrepreneur. These filter factories are to manufacture at least 1000 filters by the end of the set milestone end date. Chief Augustine John, a community leader in Owaza community, appreciates the effort of RAWDP in this regards as it is capable of also creating jobs and keeping the youths busy. He further revealed that RAWDP is optimizing relevant tools and approaches in community participation to engage the communities and the promotion of household sanitation.
We are grateful to all our donors for all their donations which have supported us expand the project. We now have a new web page: www.rawdp.org and employ you to visit our site more regularly to keep track of this new model. Please kindly let us know your views or suggestions on this model; do you think it would accelerate our efforts? Thanks!
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