A lot has been achieved in this project since our last report. Two major extensions totally about one kilometer have been carried out. These are expansion along a major road from Iyerekhu, the largest beneficiary community, to Ughiekha community, (figures (1) and (2) below. Work on extension across the major road to Ivhielodo community is shown in figure 3, 4, and 5. The later was a major work as the supply pipes were passed deep across the major road to the other side of Iyerekhu. The people of Ivhielodo went into jubilation when this portable water supply got to their doorsteps on the 6/6/21!
The success of this new extension was made possible largely as a result of the $10,000.00 donated to us by GlobalGiving to support our efforts in providing palliative to our index population as a result of COVID-19 Pandemic. However, the perennial problem of erratic power supply remains and alternate complimentary power supply is inevitable to enable these communities enjoy a seemless uninterrupted portable water supply.
While we thank GlobalGiving and all their donors for making the above extension possible, we look forward to having the resources to complete this rural water project by providing a supplementary power supply for the bore h
This is to sincerely thank GlobalGiving for giving us a grant as "emergency donation in support of your organisation's relief efforts in response to the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic" in February 2021. With this money, together with contributions from some members of our Bot Of Trustees, we set out to carry out major projects in our index communities.
Probably as a result of our prompt and early and effective implementation of COVID 19 protocol, COVID has not been a major health challenge in Nigeria. Most of the few deaths and infected persons recorded are from the cities.
With a population of over 200 millions people , Nigeria has at June 15th 2021 recorded only 2117 deaths. A total of 166,730 positive cases were recorded and 162,584 discharged. Edo State where we carry out most of our rural healthcare activities has a population of over three millions and 4910 cases were confirmed with 185 deaths. The rural communities in particular have only felt the economic impart of CIVID-19 Pandemic and not the infection as most COVID-19 infections were in the urban communities.
Out of school children population has increased and poverty has increased in geometric proportion. This is as a result of prolong economic shortdown for COVID-19 in the country.
Another major challenge facing our rural communities today is insecurity and this has contributed to worsen the already severe poverty and hardship brought about by the pandemic. It has also made the job of our organisation more risky and difficult. In one of our earlier outreaches to one of our rural communities, we were violently attacked and three of our team members were kidnapped and kept in captivity for ten days. They were tortured and only released after our payment of a huge ransome.
In order to prevent similar ugly incident, we changed our mode of operation. We now use security personnels to protect us. We also go in larger groups by collaborating with other organisations that share similar goal with us.
Our donation was used to ameliorate the sufferings in our index population through provision of free healthcare, scholarships for the children of the poor and extension of our water supply to more locations.
We extended our potable water supply to rural dwellers by about one kilometer and added additional ten service points! The Ivielodo community went agog when they opened the tap for the very first time to enjoy running potable water! (Pictures 1 and videos below).
We collaborated with the young Edo University Uzaiure, [www.edouniversity.edu.ng} to take free healthcare services to fourteen rural communities in Edo state of Nigeria.(See pictures 2&3 below and video 2&3).
We also awarded scholarships to ten students of poor parentage from rural communities in higher institutions of learning. In collaboration with another NGO, AFFLUENCE CHILDCARE HOPE FOUNDATION,[www.affluencehopefoundation.org], we awarded 100
scholarships to promising students from poor homes in the secondary schools in rural communities. We are still making arrangements to provide chairs and benches for 1000 pupils in primary schools in rural communities who sit on the bare floor to learn.
Nonetheless, power supply still remains a major challenge to our delivering potable water supply to these rural communities as supply from the National Grid is poor and erratic. Solar power supply will greatly reduce this inadequacy and about $25,000.00 will be needed to solve this problem.
Once more thank you GlobalGiving and her donors for providing us with the grant to help ameriolate the suffering people in our rural communities.
The index population of this project continues to enjoy free portable water. The population has increased and the people from nearby communities also continue to benefit from this facility.
Consequently,there is pressure on the available service points February 2nd 2021,GlobalGiving Disaster Response Team selected our foundation for emergency donation of $10,000 to support our relief efforts in response to COVID19 Pandemic.
We hope to use part of this money to extend our water supply to communities living within one Kilometer radius from our last service point. We will provide additional ten service points through this extension.
However, the erratic power supply from the National Grid still persists and this does not enable us provide regular water supply to the people. Villagers still stay on long queues and sometimes fight to get water any time water is pumped with available power.
The solution to this perennial power problem is solar system power supply and the estimated cost of this project is $40000.
We thank GlobalGiving and and our donors all over the world for making this project possible.
The last three months have been very interesting in the history of our project as there has been increased pressure on this facility!
While the index population served by this project is increasing, some private and government water holes in some of the neighboring communities are no longer functioning due to poor maintenance.
Erratic public power supply is also having it’s toll on our facility as average daily power supply to the community is about six hours. This limits pumping water for distribution to average of six hours daily.
Consequently, large crowds gather regularly and sometimes quarrel and fight around the available supply taps daily to fetch water once power supply comes.
There is therefore urgent need for funds for alternate power source such as solar power and extension of our supply to additional points to decongest the already existing supply points.
Looking forward to having access to funds to solve the above two challenges.
Our plan to provide potable water supply to 30,000 rural dwellers is still in progress.
However, not much progress has been made in this project since the last report.
The communities that have already been connected in this project continue to enjoy fairly good supply occasionally interrupted as a result of power outage.
We are still confronted with two challenges; poor power supply and inability to extend the facility to the remaining rural settlements. The need for funds to complete this project as soon as possible can not be over emphasized as costs are skyrocketing due to inflation in the country.
More over, a part of the perimeter fence around the water installation collapsed two weeks ago following a heavy downpour of rain. Efforts are being made to replace the fallen fence and also instal America barb wires to secure the installation.
While we thank our numerous donors so far for what they have done so far, we look forward for more donations to enable us complete this project for our index communities.
Looking forward your cooperation.
My best regards,
Dr Dako Mamudu,
Chief Executive Officer,
Dako Foundation For Rural Healthcare And Education.
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