Portable Water Suppy to 13,000 villagers in Nigeria
By Dr DAKO Mamudu - Chief Executive Officer
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.
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