Clean Water for Nigerian Women and Children
Organized by: Shanna Livermore
The Rural Women Foundation (RWF) (http://www.ruralwf.org/) is a non-profit, non-governmental and non-political voluntary organisation, established in 1997 and registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in 1999 (RC: 12,057) as a foundation whose objective is to raise the development potential of the rural poor to enable them lead an adequate and self-sustainable life in the rural society. RWF also fosters partnership and collaboration between and among its communities through its various activities on HIV/AIDS.
With its focus on community development, the foundation has a defined target group: rural women, the girl-child, women living with HIV/AIDS, out of school youth, orphans, etc. The Foundation acts as a "voice" for the rural women and also contributes in the areas of gender inequality and to promote income generating activities for the rural women. Mission Statement: Improving the lives of women and children in local communities through education, economic empowerment and social amenities in collaboration with other affinity groups that raises their standards of living.
One area of focus has been access to clean water and sanitation efforts. Nigeria is the most densely inhabited country in Africa with a population of 162 million people and growing rapidly. As the population increases, remote communities are further cut off and urban facilities become overloaded. The effects on the health of women and children are huge. 63 million people in Nigeria do not have access to clean and safe water. Over 112 million people don't have access to adequate sanitation in Nigeria, two thirds of the population. Over 97, 000 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.
RWF in conjunction with Stichting Rural Women Foundation in the Netherlands, has successfully completed two water access projects. The first project enabled RWF to construct a solar-powered borehole, a toilet building with 6 flush toilets for boys and girls, a water tower as well as access for water for households living around the project site at Ukpo Central school. The second project enabled RWF to complete a borehole at its Mercy Orphanage site at Ukpo with funding received from American Embassy in Nigeria.
However, projects of this magnitude require significant funding and time. As such, the RWF would like to provide a LifeStraw®, which last up to a year, and cost less than $20 US, to the women and children it works with.
LifeStraw® is an award-winning personal water filter, designed to provide safe, clean drinking water in any situation. The lightweight filter is ideal for hiking and camping, travel, emergency preparedness and survival. It makes contaminated or suspect water safe to drink.
-Filters at least 1,000 liters of water (264 gallons)
-Weighs only 54 grams (2 oz.)
-Removes up to 99.99999 percent of waterborne bacteria
-Removes up to 99.9 percent of waterborne protozoan cysts
-Reduces turbidity by filtering particles of approx 0.2 microns
-BPA Free and contains no chemicals
-Uses no batteries or moving parts
We ask for your generosity so we are able to fulfill our mission to provide a year of clean water to all of our clients.
UNICEF and World Health Organization (2012). Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation: 2012 Update. WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation.
United Nations Children’s Fund, ‘Pneumonia and Diarrhoea: Tackling the deadliest diseases for the world’s poorest children’, UNICEF, New York, June 2012.
Baseline Survey (2010) of the 22 UNICEF WASH Programme districts.