Nigerian Red Cross Society provides water for over one hundred thousand in 6 months
Nwakpa O. Nwakpa (NRCS), Idorenyin Francis (IFRC)
Hawa`u Dauda, a mother of 5 is one of many women in Adamawa State, North East Nigeria, who had to trek for miles to fetch water every day for the family despite having a water borehole close to her home
Hawa’u recalled what made her to source for water elsewhere despite having a pump few meters away. “We saw earth worms in the water that was why we stopped using it. But now that it is clean it will improve the health of my family and the community.”
‘Most community members had abandoned these water points because they were muddy and full of bacteria due to lack of routine maintenance leading to stagnant water around some water points becoming breeding ground of mosquitoes’ She further explained
As the world marks world water day, the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) has imparted on the lives of many vulnerable people in Nigeria providing clean drinking water.
PIX: Corrie Butler (IFRC)
Notwithstanding the challenging security situation in the North East the Nigerian Red Cross Society with the support from IFRC has been able to provide safe drinking water to more than 40, 000 persons through household water treatment and safe storage and rehabilitating 24 water points in 63 communities within the last six months.
Through Red Cross intervention, the Community are now happy especially the women who had had to suffer to get water.
“Before I don’t like coming here to fetch water, I would walk 20 minutes to another water source. But now that it’s been treated, I can come here because I know it’s clean.” Said Hawu Ibrahim, a teenager from Gadamayo also in Adamawa, one of the many beneficiaries of the Nigerian Red Cross Water projects
Lack of safe drinking water is a common issue everywhere in Nigeria mostly affecting rural communities and city slums as about 63 million out of 187.67 million Nigerians don’t have access to clean water.
In the North-east alone, the persistent conflict has made 3.9 million people in need of water.
Assessment conducted by the NRCS teams supported by IFRC during the last quarter of 2017 in Adamawa state, revealed high level of completely non-functional water infrastructure (39%) and also issues on water quality and quantity which resulted from the dislocation of the existing water management system in communities as a result of the conflict.
“This is one of the reasons why Red Cross mobile teams are set up and continue urgent rehabilitation works on WASH infrastructures in hard to reach communities” said Zakari Issa, IFRC WASH Coordinator for West and Central Africa...
The Red Cross in 2017 provided household water treatment kits that include distribution of 4,592 water transport and storage containers and 482,160 water treatment tablets distributed to 24,360 beneficiaries in Adamawa state.
The Nigerian Red Cross Society Volunteers have reached about 50m people with life-saving messages all over the country and over a million in the North East in 2017.
The NRCS WASH target groups for behaviour change related to hygiene in Adamawa state is based on the Red Cross findings that 59% of Women and 34% of children are in charge of supplying drinking water for the families