50Naira Help Initiative is an NGO created with the sole intension of improving the lives of Africans, using education, health and sanitation related projects of which an example is the WATER UP AFRICA project.
Access to safe water is one of the most efficient ways to support individual and collective development. However, water projects can fail due to the absence of an integrated approach. Problems can range from inappropriate initial design to broken pumps, no maintenance training and contaminated water points resulting from lack of sanitation facilities and unhealthy hygiene practices. To prevent and help solve these problems, 50Naira Help Initiative has developed a unique project for Sustainability intervention approach, a winning combination of strategic and operational initiatives designed to address sustainable access to safe water.
The WATER UP AFRICA project was born out of deep concern that over 600,000 Africans die annually from water related diseases, of which over 160,000 are Nigerians. This project seeks to stop the increase of such statistics by providing access to clean water across various communities in Africa.
Using Nigeria as a pilot country, WATER UP AFRICA aims to create access to drinkable water for about 1.2 Million Nigerians over the next 18 months. In the past four weeks, WATER UP AFRICA has visited 7 communities across various states in Nigeria namely; Goningora, Kakuri, Rigasa in Kaduna State, Madalla and Suleja in Niger State, Akwanga and Chun-Jah in Nassarawa State. According to Mr Andrew Lamai the pioneer of the project, so far in some of these communities we have been able to sink new boreholes, repair damaged ones and also train the locals on how to maintain and repair these boreholes, while work is still ongoing in other communities.
To ensure the sustainability of the project, a social enterprise was launched on the 26th of August, 2016 called the Water Up Africa table water. To be part of the solution to the water epidemic in Africa, Water Up Africa calls upon Africans and our partners to be part of this social enterprise. Mr Andrew Lamai in a press briefing said “The social enterprise gives Africans the privilege to help give 10 children access to clean water just by purchasing one of the table water as the proceeds will be used to finance the project”.
By developing easy-to-maintain, water-access solutions that meet their needs, and by providing the proper training, we protect all stakeholders.
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