Rural Africa Water Development Project (RAWDP)
The project aims to save lives of millions of young children and assist millions of households in oil producing communities in Nigeria to improve the quality of their drinking water through water source protection, source development and Point of Use water treatment technology such as the use of our simple water filters. Long term impact of the campaign is to promote and secure good health and prosperity derived from clean drinking water, serve a million households through the reduction of waterborne ailments; create jobs for filter technicians and enhance hygiene and sanitation education.
To raise awareness, stimulate interest and action on the importance of clean drinking water, improved sanitation and hygiene for everyone thus bolstering public health and mitigating poverty at the household level using advocacy and project implementation strategies.
HOW THE OBJECTIVES WERE ACHIEVED
We use a combination of advocacy, and project implementation such as the training of filter technicians who in turn produce/manufacture clean water filters, the facilitation of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Education in communities; and the use of Social Marketing to promote adoption of filters. The campaign set up 200 WASH factories that design, produce and install/construct toilets/latrines, water filters and water wells in 200 different and well dispersed rural communities.
Our organisation drives systemic and equilibrium change by widening the distribution and accessibility of clean water filters within record time through the training and engagement of filter entrepreneurs who in turn assist households in oil producing communities in Nigeria to maximize the quality of their drinking water supplies and freeing them from the burdens of ill-health caused by human (sanitation, agriculture etc.) and industrial pollution. By doing this, we are not only achieving a sustainable cost structure but courageously capturing and managing the huge clean water needs of thousands of locals. http://esango.un.org/irene/?page=viewContent&nr=359&type=2§ion=2
Through our campaign over one million households have successfully assessed the sanitation ladder through improved latrine installations in Nigeria and supported well over 3 million households improve their drinking water quality in the Niger Delta. The impact of these outputs is increased public health and prosperity associated with reduced mortality of infants, children and adults.
Complexities and difficulties of assessing project communities.
Insecurity associated with kidnapping and use of wooden boats. Inadequate funding to meet scheduled targets.Widespread Poverty in project locations. Widespread illiteracy etc.
Clear consultation and engagement with community stakeholders is key. Use of well-developed communication strategies. Flexibility in project design is important.Efficiency in budget management.