Posted on March 30, 2012 by caridad
An underground well
By Mustapha Sesay, Sierra Leone.
Water is an essential in our daily activities and a basic right for all to access it at affordable rate.
It is unfortunate that as the world continues to celebrate World Water Day, most developing countries including Sierra Leone suffer from acute water shortage to millions of its population.
The situation for the scramble of water in the major cities is similar to those in the remote areas. It is disturbing to see the plight of the masses in the dirty drainages in the city of Freetown in long lines cutting rubber pipes for drinking water. If such a situation exist in the cities them what can we say about the rural poor areas.
This is one major factor for the spread of water borne diseases like diarrhea or cholera.
In majority of the schools, there is the absence of non functional taps; this has serious effects on the education of our children as the lack of water enhances poor hygiene and sanitation facilities.
In our Universities, the situation is very deplorable as students go without pure and affordable drinking water not to mention a decent learning environment, and yet society continues to talk of a clean environment.
Well water that dries up easily
In the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, most policies are not actually implemented in these educational institutions despite the various policies and huge chunk of funds provided. It must be noted that institutions have a very high percentage of the youthful population that continue to die slowly from unhealthy environment now called educational places.
How long can such deplorable places continue to exist and allow our children to inhale these polluted environments?
In some schools, teachers boldly stand in front of the children and teach the importance of water in our daily lives, yet in the schools not a single tap or well water could be located. (more…)
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Posted on May 3, 2010 by caridad
There have been encouraging increases in the number of poorer people who are able to access toilets in Deoghar and Pakur districts of Jharkhand, India, thanks to the Total Sanitation Campaign. While this is a reason for optimism, questions do arise: “Who benefits? Is this programme really catering to ALL?”
This Government of India programme offers incentives for families below the poverty line to construct toilets with technical designs approved by the District Water and Sanitation Mission (DWSM) responsible for sanitation. (more…)
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Posted on October 20, 2009 by caridad
It took years of lobbying before villagers from the beautiful Dang Valley lies Ghodd-haura, a remote village in western Nepal succeeded in opening a primary school for their children. Shree Primary educates 101 students of mixed ethnic heritage, including the Dalit minority, and its stone and woodwork building is in desperate need of renovation.
Shree Primary school Ghoddahura. Toilet made with UNICEF funds
Because of the small number of students enrolled, the government supports the school only up to grade four. If students want to continue their education, they have to walk downhill for an hour and a half and cross a river, which floods annually, to attend higher grades at another school, a signifi-cant burden for students at such an age. Similarly, all villagers who need to supplement their agricultural subsistence must walk for at least an hour and a half for food and other supplies.
Community Hygiene and Environment Improvement
Despite these challenges, the community convinced UNICEF to build toilets at the school for students and teachers. Teachers, villagers, and students carried the sacks of sand, cement, and bricks to the school from the base of the hill to ensure the toilet construction succeeded. Students and caretakers oversee their maintenance. Learning about this outcome, the Nepal Hygiene Improvement Project (NHIP) selected this school to participate in its school point-of-use pilot study conducted in early 2008. (more…)
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Posted on September 11, 2009 by caridad
Three years ago, Life and Water Development Group Cameroon and its US partners, Hope College chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA started a water project in the community of Nkuv, Cameroon. A locality out of Kumbo in the North West Region of Cameroon.
Laying the pipe into the pipeline
The project history started as follows: Mr. Peter Njodzeka, the founder of LWDG-Cameroon submitted a project application to the EWB USA and Hope College Chapter was awarded the project, and from that moment the EWB USA linked their chapter Hope College with Peter Njodzeka to discuss the possibilities and understanding the project. Hope College traveled to Nkuv, Cameroon for their first time in March 2006 for an assessment trip, and returned in May 2006 for a tentative implementation. We tried drilling wells using hand drilling equipment, which was a fiasco, we could not find water and could only find rocks and dry sand. This first trial, which was a failure, Hope College did not surrender, they returned in December the same year and constructed three biosand filters trial, which some people in the community were using to filter their water directly carried from streams, and after six months, the health survey team from Hope College had a good results from the families using filtered water, and we increased the number to 15 filters, during this time, we were trying other ways out searching for water sources in the mountains, we finally found a spring, but after testing, the results were not good for consumption because of cows that are all year round in these hills. (more…)
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Posted on June 30, 2009 by caridad
The school lacks safe water for drinking and for sanitation use since the only other available source, which is not safe, is located more than 400 metres away. The use of this water source is controlled by the community who do not see the use by the school as a priority.
School children now have no safe access to water and this causes poor sanitation which is made worse to the girls and there is no safe drinking water. (more…)
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