Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria

by Serendipity Healthcare Foundation
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Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Help a Child: Provide Access to Water in Nigeria
Casing pipes
Casing pipes

Dear Friends, Family and supporters of Serendipity,

A lot has happened since our last update on how we want to provide access to water in our communities. Remember we said we put out a call for tenders and we got a successful contractor Mai Hali Nig Ltd to provide drilling services for our goal to provide access to water? Well we have signed the contract for the punching and casing of 15 new hand pumps and rehabilitation of 5 hand pumps that have stopped working in some of the communities that our data Enumerators in their entry to the communities found out had stopped for over a year now due to poor installing and bad equipment used  by other service providers. Mai Hali was chosen because of their technical and financial capacity to get the job done.

We also conducted a geophysical and hydrogeological survey with results showing basement rock formation composed of gneisses and granites with an aquifer target present from 30-37 meters’ depth and a calculated borehole depth of 37-65 meters to get a hand pump that will last for 10 – 15 years. A vertical electrical sounding was conducted for the survey.

The rains have stopped, although this year it came with a lot of damage and flooded so many communities in Northern Nigeria, destroying the crop farms, poultry and livestock with loss of human lives, we on our own small part as a humanitarian organization are providing relief materials for the displaced. Jigawa which is a neighboring state is the worst hit on this climate change issue that affected communities in Northern Nigeria.

The contract we signed is based on batches of five and the first batch signed is for five hand pumps in Sumaila and Bebeji Local Governing councils in Kano and the next batch will be for another five hand pumps and so on until we complete the fifteen before the year runs out. That will be a beautiful end of year gift, don’t you think? The contractor moved to site two weeks ago and our program coordinator who is schooled in borehole drilling was there to supervise them. We have thus far drilled 8 hand pumps as at the time of this report (two in Sumaila, two in Gezawa, two in Kumbotso and two in Ungogo. We have seven more to go before the end of the year 2022.

Our Data Enumerators went into 20 communities in 9 Local Governing Councils in Kano and the software used to collate this data was Kobo Collect an online free software to gather information and data on WASH Practices, the type of water sources they have and currently use, sanitation facilities et al. The information was gotten from households, primary healthcare centers and primary schools. 60% of the respondents were women and girls and 0% of them have the knowledge of hand washing practices and when to use it while 20% are not aware of good handwashing practices. 30% of the men are aware of handwashing practices but hardly use this knowledge to teach it to their families rather only associate handwashing to only when they want to perform prayers.

80% of the communities do not have access to safe clean drinking water and thus rely on streams and ponds as their source of water with 20% of the communities having only one hand pump in the community that serves over 700 persons in the communities. Information gathered will inform the direction of our programs for the coming year.

See work we have done thus far in our links and pictures.

All of this is possible because of your support and kind donation and upon completion direct beneficiaries will be 1,500,000 persons while indirect beneficiaries will be 3,000,000 persons.

Follow our stories on our social media handles to be updated as we go along on Facebook/serenhealthcare, Instagram/serendipityHea1, Twitter/serendipityHea1 or our website on Https://www.serendipityhealthcare.org.in

Thank you so much for your continued support as we want every child to have access to water.

Your faithfully,

 

Samirah Faruk

Machines used for drilling
Machines used for drilling
Starting the installing
Starting the installing
Our Children
Our Children
Installation of hand pump
Installation of hand pump
Doting the I and crossing the T
Doting the I and crossing the T

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Training of enumerators
Training of enumerators

Dear Friends, Family and supporters of Serendipity,

We are pleased to state that we have reached two milestones in our project to provide access to safe clean drinking water to our communities.  We put out a call for tender through the dailies, radio and internet for the works done and got 13 responses for the terms of reference but only 5 sent their proposal (see document attached). Our team of evaluators went through the submissions and have chosen the best driller taking into cognizance the technical capacity and the cost implications. We finally decided to go for the best out of the lot which is Mai Hali Nig Ltd. We have already purchased the PVC casings, the complete pump heads and rods. The rains are gradually stopping thus in the coming weeks we will move to kick starting the project when we are sure we can get which would be geophysical and hydrogeology survey to get the right borehole sites, contract signing with the successful contractor and installation.

The second milestone we have reached is that we have recruited 10 temporary data enumerators that will gather key information from the communities pre, during and post project. They were trained on how to collect the data from the community which is entry into the community (consent and agreement), information gathering all using the application of Kobo collect an online application. They will move to the communities by the 26th of September, 2022.

All of this is possible because of your support and kind donation and upon completion direct beneficiaries will be 1,500,000 persons while indirect beneficiaries will be 3,000,000 persons.

Follow our stories on our social media handles to be updated as we go along on Facebook/serenhealthcare, Instagram/serendipityHea1, Twitter/serendipityHea1 or our website on Https://www.serendipityhealthcare.org.in

Thank you so much for your continued support as we want every child to have access to water.

Your faithfully,

 

Samirah Faruk

Tea break
Tea break
Day two of training
Day two of training
Day two of training
Day two of training

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Geophysical survey conducted
Geophysical survey conducted

Dear Supporters, Friends and Family of Serendipity,

It is estimated worldwide that over 900 million people do not have access to safe clean drinking water of which 84% are in rural dwellings (WHO/UNICEF 2010). This figure however has improved as currently 700 million people do not have access to improved water sources. This is a far cry from 2010 and we still have a long way to go to at least half this figure come 2030 in order to meet the sustainable development goal 6.

Improved groundwater supplies (particularly drilled and hand[1]dug water wells) provide a significant proportion of rural dwell[1]ers with access to safe water within a reasonable distance of their home. Groundwater is almost ubiquitous in nature and can be developed relatively cheaply and progressively to meet de[1]mand. It often has a lower capital cost than surface water, gen[1]erally has excellent natural quality and can normally be used without treatment. Groundwater always has some cover which protects it from the threat of pollution from human activities. This is because the processes of natural attenuation in the un[1]saturated zone (i.e. above the water table) work to reduce or eliminate contamination of the groundwater system (ARGOSS 2001). There have been considerable developments since the 1960s in water lifting technologies, with numerous high-quality, afforda[1]ble pumps available on the market. In addition, the water-well drilling industry is growing in many countries. However, there are still major concerns regarding the construction quality and cost of drilled water wells in many developing countries.

Groundwater is the black gold that we have in Africa, and it entails utmost care with professional drilling services to ensure that the right aquifer is reached, and thus adequate water is provided for our rural communities lasting for 10-15 years.

At Serendipity one of our goals is to ensure we are transparent and accountable to our communities in terms of provision of access to safe cleaning drinking water. As with all the projects we have worked on, with partnership with our community members, the first step is to get a geophysical and hydrogeology report done for the right water table that will last for a long time.

Second step we did is to put up a call for tender to construct additional 15 new handpumps, rehabilitate 5 handpumps, the outcome is for 1million 5 hundred thousand additional persons to have access to safe clean drinking water because of your kind donations.

Tender has been advertised in one of our dailies and responses have been coming in. The tender will be opened in two weeks’ time after the deadline elapsed and the successful bidder will start work on the projects.

Follow our story on our Facebook/serenhealthcare, twitter/serendipityHea1, Instagram/serendipityHea1 and our website https://www.serendipityhealthcare.org.in

Thank you,

 

Samirah Faruk

Survey
Survey
One of the community
One of the community

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Our team member putting the handpump in order
Our team member putting the handpump in order

Dear Family, friends and supporters of Serendipity,
Rural Communities all over Nigeria are grappling with poor infrastructure such as access to basic healthcare facilities, poverty is at an all time high with the current inflation rate and recently with climate change in the offing the situation is getting worse.
In Northern Nigeria where our programs are based, climate change is having an adverse effect With rising temperatures, fluctuating rainfall patterns, escalating flooding, drought and desertification, the global impact of climate change has been quite immense and most especially in our region. The devastating effects of these unexpected weather conditions have affected water security nationally and globally. For instance, the rise in temperature, variations in rainfall and decline in precipitation have led to the evaporation of surface lakes, streams,ponds and rivers which are the mainstay of our communities.
This year's theme for World Water Day is Groundwater, Making the Invisible Visible, which aptly highlights underground water as a hidden treasure which can be utilised to augment shrinking surface water. It also advocates for the need to work together to sustainably manage this precious resource.
Unlike surface water - rivers, streams and lakes which are readily available to be tapped - ground water must be extracted or pumped. However, because it is underground, groundwater is protected from the debilitating effects of climate change thus makes it a good source of safe clean drinking water.
Harnessing groundwater to ensure water security is a surefire way to provide access to safe clean drinking water.Groundwater is not a new concept as an estimated 50% of the world’s urban population depends on underground water sources. It is however in the spotlight because of recent, conversations around it, one of which is a new WaterAid report ‘Groundwater: The world’s neglected defence against climate change’, which describes it as the world’s insurance policy against climate change with the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives especially in our vulnerable communities.Groundwater is the Liquid Gold yet to be harnessed!!
Behind all these black clouds is a rainfall of blessing and a silver lining because with your kind donations, we are able to make an impact on over 1million lives, 15 Local Governing Councils and 30 communities in Kano, Nigeria, we say a big THANK YOU for that!! We want to provide more pumps, tapes and pipes to more communities in the coming months so our people drink safe clean water free from diseases. Climate Change is affecting us in Northern Nigeria as the rains which should have started are yet to come for our communities to harvest rain water for use. Temperatures are rising, the streams, ponds, rivers and lakes that our communities who do not yet have access to water are drying up.
We sincerely thank you for the support and trust that your have shown to us in achieving your goals of providing safe clean water to our communities without access.
Follow our story on Facebook/serenhealthcare; Instagram/serendipityHea1, twitter/serendipityHea1, Google my Business/serendipityhealthcarefoundation; Subscribe to our You tube/serendipity channel and our e-newsletter on our website on https://www.serendipityhealthcare.org.in to be updated.

Yours Faithfully 

Abubakar Sadiq 

One of the many handpumps installed
One of the many handpumps installed
Smiles from our children
Smiles from our children
SHF team and committee members for handover
SHF team and committee members for handover
water is life
water is life

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Dear Family, Friends and Supporters of Serendipity,

Our mission is to ensure that our comunities, schools and primary healthcare centers practise good hygiene and hand washing in order to stay safe and healthy. Remember we started our program last year when we trained 6 schools in Kano on being WASH Friendly.  Using a baseline and endline study to analyse data, we targeted these six schools to promote and apply behaiviour change, this method was adopted at the baseline study because it was a first kick off and we needed to get it off the ground to be a success.

Using the USAID Hygiene Improvement Project approach, we have a joint WASH team with the local governing cuncils WASH Unit were the schools are located and hygiene promoters were trained on using ODK data collection software to collect data from households, primary healthcare centers and schools hence the start off with Schools as a result of the baseline survey conducted. 

The six schools representatives comprising of the head teacher, school director and the school WASH promoter were taught on basic guide to being WASH friendly, WASH Action Plan, how to improve on water, sanitation and hand washing facilities using simple technologies, formation of school WASH Committee and WASH Clubs, inclusion of WASH curriculum in their school calender. 

We are proud to say that after six months of the training the six schools were assessed and two schools came out the best, Government Girls Senior Secondary Tarauni and Millienium Model Schools Bawo Road Kano. Plaques and awards were given to them as emblems to showcase that they have now become WASH friendly schools.

Your donation has created so much impact and for this we say a BIG THANK YOU!! This is just the beginning as we intend to train more schools on being WASH Friendly, our Primary Healthcare Centers and communities so that there is a behaiviour change.

You can follow us on our social media handles on https://www,facebook.com/serenhealthcare, https://www.Instagram.com/serendipityHea1, https://www.twitter.com/serendipityHea1 and our website on https://www.serendipityhealthacare.org.in or a word of advice through our email serenhealthcare@gmail.com.

Warm Regards,

 

Samirah Faruk

 

  

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