"With this program, I have now seen the possibility of purposeful leadership in the Niger Delta in particular and Nigeria in general [...]
The severity of the WASH needs in Nigeria’s Niger Delta cuts across communities and institutions in urban, peri-urban and rural settings, with largely dysfunctional and non-existent WASH facilities and services, such as: safe sanitary disposal of human waste, hand washing and water supply facilities, etc. Facilities for WASH are either grossly inadequate or simply not unsafe to use for maintaining good hygiene in communities and institutions like schools. This contributes very high WASH related disease burden with its attendant health and economic impacts.
This project seeks to:
- Provide and establish sustainable WASH facilities and services (water points, toilets, and hygiene clubs) in 30 selected schools in Nigeria’s Niger Delta.
- Build capacity of local rotary clubs to implement WASH programs in Schools.
- Build capacity of local rotary clubs to monitor and keep functional all established WASH facilities and services.
With Our WASH in Schools Program, We Catch Them Young
For our WASH in Schools program, we provide/establish sustainable WASH facilities and services in selected schools, construct water points and toilets, effectively monitor WASH facilities and services for optimal and continuous functionality, and establish Environmental Health Clubs in schools. For this, we are partnering with Procter & Gamble, H2O for Life, WASRAG(Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group), International Rotary Clubs and Rotary Clubs in District 9140 to improve WASH education and facilities in 30 Niger Delta schools as part of an $750,000 WASH in Schools Program and HDI (Hope and Dreams Initiative) also invested $19,000 on WASH-focused libraries in 2 schools, through PIND.
Increase Local Access to Clean Water, One Community at a Time
The Biosand Filter (BSF) is great! It is a simple water filtration technology made with locally available materials that filters 99% of water impurities. BSF guarantees the improved health of users as it reduces WASH-related diseases as well as the rate of indoor air pollution (IAP) associated with wood and charcoal fuel commonly used to boil water for drinking. Social entrepreneurs can also make money through ‘carbon credits,’ as the BSF leads to reduction in, or elimination of, carbon emissions associated with firewood, charcoal fuel and fossil fuel used to boil water. In 2016 and, 759 biosand filters were installed in 759 households to provide access to safe drinking water for over 4554 persons.
Partnering with UNICEF to Improve Access to Clean Water in the Niger Delta
With the first agreement signed in 2015, PIND and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) collaborated on a five-month rural WASH project in two local government areas each in Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Edo, and Delta States. For this agreement, both organizations engaged the local community in a conflict assessment that provided a good understanding of conflict triggers and dynamics in the places where the projects will take place. We also trained civil society organizations, State, Local Government Area officials, and Community WASH Coordinating Forums in all these five states to enable them provide longer-term support to local institutions. We helped establish Peacebuilding Monitoring and Response Teams (PMRTs), and these help provide early warning and response to conflict, as well as promote dialogue and social bonding between communities in the long-term.
Our second partnership with UNICEF was signed in 2016 and, in addition to building on the previous work, will focus on building clay and biosand filters appropriate to the needs of low-income communities in the region. Both organizations are also building and mainstreaming training tools and guidelines to enhance skills, knowledge and capacity on WASH. PIND has also received funding from UNICEF to enhance service delivery capacity of local institutions through conflict sensitivity and capacity development in WASH service delivery in ten LGAs across five states.
Rolling out new Point-of-Use/Household Water Treatment Technology
PIND and UNICEF worked with academics from Industrial Design department of the Federal University of Technology (FUTA), and two Clay water filter production technologies (Mateng Engineering and Atamora Pottery) carried out a research on “Evaluating Production Standards, Social Acceptance and Market Opportunities for Low cost Household Water Filters” and has successfully established that there is market and potential for sustainable local production at scale, for low cost household water filters, particularly Clay and Biosand water filters in Nigeria. Given the importance of this research in its contribution to public health and achievement of SDG 6 (i.e. ensuring safe water at the point of use), UNICEF and DFID are building on the results of this research to fund the achievement of the goal of penetrating the Nigerian market and households with these products.
Training on Best Practices in WASH in the Niger Delta and Beyond
PIND partnered with Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) to deliver a Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) training manual with sets of modules termed Delivering Effective WASH Training (DEWT) to promote WASH education in the Niger Delta. UNICEF partnered with PIND to build capacity of her (UNICEF) trainers, by adapting this training model to suit their training needs and also develop professional WASH competency development and validation module and tools, as well as a database to track trainer details and development. This effort has already piqued potential partners’ interest. United Purpose – an international development charity managing the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council’s (WSSCC) Global Sanitation Funds on behalf of Federal Ministry of Water Resources (FMWR) in Nigeria –contributed N10 million to sponsor 25 of its staff, 15 trainees from National Water Research Institute (NWRI), two staff from Action Against Hunger and other key stakeholders to take part in our WASH training in Nasarawa State in May 2017, and an additional N9.1M to train 50 persons at PIND’s ATED Centre, Warri in August, 2017.
PIND also patnered with UNICEF to develop training modules for Community Water Safety Planning (CWSP) to enhance sector capacity and effective training in Water Safety Planning.
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