Lack of clean water a health hazard that affects school attendance.
Clean water, toilets and good hygiene practices are essential for the survival and development of children. Poor access to clean water and sanitation in Nigeria remains a major contributing factor to high morbidity and mortality rates among children under five. The use of contaminated drinking water and poor sanitary conditions result in increased vulnerability to water-borne diseases, including diarrhea which leads to deaths of more than 70,000 children under five annually.
Water-borne diseases and related ill-health in children, contribute to absenteeism in school, and malnutrition. Only 26.5 per cent of the population use improved drinking water sources and sanitation facilities.
Committed to providing clean water
Access to clean water and improved sanitation facilities is a daily challenge for many Nigerians. This problem is particularly acute in northern Nigeria, where only 30 percent of the population has access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. This contributes to high prevalence of water-borne diseases, threatens the livelihoods of smallholder farmers, and contributes to low levels of school enrollment, especially among girls.
Africa Education Partnership is committed to providing clean drinking water and sanitation in our schools in Gusau and Kafanchan. Clean drinking water is vital for the hygiene and health of the students in our schools.
Grateful of donations and grants
We are tremendously grateful for the donations received from the Avon-Canton Rotary Club, Kateri Medical Services, and AEP donors which funded the drilling of this well. The borehole at Graceland International School in Gusu will also supply water for the adjoining Graceland Hospital.