There is no doubt that education changes attitudes. These new attitudes are currently being exhibited as best practices by the over 25 women association with over 1000 members who have continued to promote the adoption of the water filter with zeal and enthusiasm. The result is expanding household water filter networks in the Niger Delta communities and neighboring communities of Ihitte, Obowo, Mbaise, Umuahia, Mbano, Umunna and Okigwe in Imo State, Nigeria. The expansion of this network certainly extends the spread and reach of the Mor-sand filter and enables local people to concurrently assess, filter and use water collected from more than one potentially polluted source. A recent training conducted for these women associations has remained an indispensible asset.
According to the RAWDP’s newly recruited training director – Ms. Ngozi Otuonye; ‘’We aim to assist such communities reach a crucial tipping point. We want these people to have safe drinking water in their homes. We are however blending the adoption of these filters with sanitation and hygiene education. This is expected to reduce hygiene-related illness, push more students into schoolrooms, and break the cycle of rural poverty by making safe water much less expensive’’
‘’We now filter our waters, even borehole water with the Mor-sand filter everyday, and our children are no longer getting sick frequently as was the case before’’ – Madam Eucharia Uchendu - one of the women who participated in the training.
Rural Africa Water Development Project (RAWDP) is grateful to all our supporters’ who have assisted in raising the funds to reach these women. Though the task remains enormous, we remain strong willed to continue. Your support cannot easily be quantified. We are grateful!
In thanking you, we happily invite our supporters to feel free to ask questions and make suggestions that would help us in this onerous task!