Nigeria: UNICEF, DFID provide clean water to rural communities
By Mohammad Ibrahim
United Nations Children Funds UNICEF in partnership with Department for International Development (DFID) have being providing clean water to rural communities in Kaduna North West Nigeria. The UNICEF Water project was founded by Department for International Development (DFID) in partnership with Kaduna State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency ( RUWASA). The project was implemented by UNICEF under its Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH ) project. Most of the benefitting communities were provided with boreholes to ease their water problems. The two communities visited in northern part of Kaduna State were Kudan and Giwa Local Government Areas. According to residents of these local government areas before the UNICEF intervention local wells were their source of water. 30 year old Housewife Talatu Danjuma couldn't hide her joy when she said the borehole Provided in her village has changed their lives for good. Talatu a resident of remote village called Dan Magani located in Kudan Local government said the community has 130 households and over 3000 population. Talatu said "In the past we suffered a lot from sicknesses because of the water we drink from the well but ever since we started drinking from the borehole our lives changed for good. "Our children are more healthy. No more illnesses like typoid , cholera etc. Honestly, UNICEF and their partners deserved commendation," . On open defecation she said "We no longer allowed our children to defecate openly as we used to. This is why we are equally appealing that the project be implemented in other neighbouring villages. "There are other villages like Gidan Giginya village that are always envying us and we think they also deserve a borehole, " she said. Maryam Musa Chairperson Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Committee (WASHCOM), Dan Magani village said their job is to educate and train women on how to take care of their environment and children. "We also educate them to always wash their hands with water after using the toilet. To also wash hand before and after eaten. We also encouraged them to teach their children the culture of hand washing. " Today, as we speak all the houses in this community use soap after using the toilets or while eaten to wash their hands. On Source of water in the community she said "Years back we depended only on well as our source of water but ever since UNICEF and its partners came to our village and dug a borehole. Our people prefer drinking from the bore than well. " The borehole seems to be more clean and healthy. The taste is good and now women are happy'she said. According to her, people in the community in the past suffered from from Typoid, cholera and other pipe borne diseases but presently all that has gone. "We are happy people now and we say thank you to this project" she added Unguwar Musa Village Head who spoke to Oslo Times through his son Muzzamil Jibril said majority of houses in the community now have toilets. Muzzamil who is also the Water Sanitation Hygiene Committee Member WASHCOM Secretary in the community expressed satisfaction with the WASH Project in the community. According to him, 90 Percent of the people in the village give their cooperation and support for the success of the project. " On our part we move around the community to ensure that children are not allow to play with the borehole or defecates openly in the village. "Majority of them now have toilets inside their houses so now the issue of open defecation has been eradicated completely," he said. Unguwar Musa community also has 100 households and about 3,000 population. The people there are predominantly farmers . The communities are all in Kudan LGA. In Giwa LGA, the Village Head of Tashar Guga village Abdullahi Bello equally commended the WASH project. He said the Solar borehole provided in the community is making life easy for hisla people, particularly women and children. " We thank UNICEF and their partners for providing us with this solar borehole," he said. According to him, toilets were also provided in the only Primary School in the community.
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