The Initiative

 

Nigeria is a water-stressed country and existing organizations use large amounts of water, which has a significant impact on the availability of safe water for the local communities in the area. Additional stress to the environment is the high rate of open defecation, which impacts water quality.  Every year, an estimated 124,000 children under the age of 5 die because of diarrhea, mainly due to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene. Lack of adequate water and sanitation are significant causes of other diseases, including respiratory infection and malnutrition.

With the rising conflict caused primarily by Boko Haram in the North East, nearly 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death this year.  There are about 1.4 million men, women and children living in Internally Displaced Peoples camps in Borno State that lack safe drinking water. Extreme flooding event that takes place yearly in Nigeria. The flooding is from heavy rainfall, exacerbated by climate change, and waste accumulations in drainage systems leave tens of thousands of men, women and children displaced from their homes and living in the camps, increasing the need for safe drinking water.

EnvironFocus Incorporated, Canada, in partnership with charitable organizations in Nigeria, is working to provide Nigerian Communities with safe drinking water under the Safe Drinking Water for Nigerian Communities initiative (Safe Drinking Water Project).

The Safe Drinking Water Project provides an avenue for individuals and organizations to assist a poor Nigerian school, village, orphanage, internally displaced people (IDP) camp, health centres etc. with access to safe and drinking water. Projects examples include water infrastructure development such laying of pipes, borehole drilling or water quality improvement initiatives that include the provision of instant microbial water filter and Sanitation and Hygiene workshops. Pictures of project activities can be seen here.

Interested in finding out more about the Project? Give us a call at +1 647 501 7741 (Canada) +234 8179752330, +234 8181356287 (Nigeria) or send an email to info@environfocus.com. 

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