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 from 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. About 1.4 million men, women and children living in Internally Displaced Peoples camps in Borno State, 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 is a transboundary, corporate social responsibility initiative. It provides a platform for individuals and organizations to assist Nigerian schools, villages, orphanages, internally displaced people (IDP) camps, health centres etc. with access to safe and drinking water and sanitation and hygiene workshops. 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. Click here to see pictures of some of our project activities.
The project has three measurable objectives:
- Provide a poor Nigerian Child, school, village, health facility, communities, internally displaced people (IDP) camp with access to a sustainable source of safe and clean drinking water free of pathogenic micro-organisms that cause waterborne diseases.
- Offer the organizations and individuals an avenue that is transparent and beneficial to directly assist these groups of people with access to safe and clean water and get the recognition for doing so.
- Deliver sanitation and hygiene workshops to beneficiaries through NGO partners
Click here to see a list of our current partners. The list includes our local Implementation partners and our CSR clients.