It’s hard for us to imagine living in our homes without safe, clean drinking water and flushable toilets. What if you had to send your child out every day to collect water for domestic use? And what if the closest source of water was a polluted pond, stream or river, more than a mile away?
In Nigeria, one third of the population has no access to clean drinking water. Those in that group often use water polluted by human and animal waste along with chemical pollution from mining and refinery operations.
One-third of Nigerians have no access to clean drinking water. This photo was sent to us from one of our partners in Nigeria to illustrate the need for clean drinking water in Nigeria. Acknowledgement: The photo was taken by Genuine Ernest Bishop Ahiabli, to show the dire need for clean drinking water in the village of Akpatoeme in the Ketu North Municipality In Ghana.
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 lack of acceptable 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 (unicef.org/nigeria).
Building and renovating schools
Africa Education Partnership’s main goal in Nigeria is to build and renovate schools in Gusau, Zamfara state and in Kafanchan, Kaduna state. Our schools provide a safe learning environment and offer a high standard of education for all regardless of gender, ethnicity or religion.
In addition, AEP has teamed with Rotary Club and other donors to make sure that each school renovated has a borehole and toilets for students and staff.
Lack of access to clean water results both in a high rate of water-borne diseases and absenteeism from school. It is a critical necessity that needs to be addressed. The future of Nigeria starts with the overall health and well-being of the people...and that starts with clean water.
AEP has pledged to provide clean water and sanitation to the schools where we are working. Your generous donations have made this possible. Please accept our sincere thanks for your generous support on behalf of our Nigerian partners and the students we serve.