The Water for Life Project

Current Conditions

In much of Africa, water supplies are unclean, unsafe and unreliable. Water sources are often stagnant pools or brooks that are only available during the rainy season. This water is:

Unclean, unsafe, unreliable source of water supply

Women and children routinely trek up to 10 miles to fetch water in buckets for drinking and cooking. They often have to queue up to receive water for their families.

Women and children fetch water

The Water for Life Project

UPDATE: Phase I of first project nearly complete! See below...

The Water for Life project first aims at the provision of basic human necessity: clean and safe drinking water.

The first places the Project has focused on are the communities of Umundugba and Amandugba, Imo State, Nigeria. Until now, the only sources of water supply for the two communities have been very unreliable. These are streams and brooks which are mostly dried up especially in the dry season. They are fertile breeding grounds for mosquitoes which cause malaria, and are the major sources of water-borne diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, guinea worm, tape worm, and night blindness.

The Project propounded by AIFWAN, an organization dominated by Nigerian women, and aimed at the empowerment of women. It augurs well for as a project that engenders Women in Development.

Since an aspect of the project deals with the sinking of wells or boreholes, submersible pumps, and solar panels, an element of Human Infrastructure Development is provided to the Project. In the near future, this project will enable AIFAWN to develop the necessary infrastructure for sustainable agricultural operation (irrigation scheme system), micro-business schemes, and small scale storage/preservation projects.

The Project will also spin out a small business venture that will purify, bottle, market and sell water there by creating a productive and gainful economic activity for the communities.

Project Objectives

Planned Project Activities

First Project Update

Great progress has been made on the current Water for Life project, and Phase I is almost complete. The land was provided by the communities of Umundugba and Amandugba, and a borehole has been sunk. The photos below show the progress so far:

Pipes laid, and taps fitted in Utility house built for
power generator & storage

Water tank tower erected, 2 water tanks hoisted
(water tanks and tower made possible by a donation from the Wild Rose Foundation)

What is needed now to complete Phase I of this Water for Life project:

From unclean, unsafe, unreliable sources of water supply infested with all kinds of tropical and waterborne diseases like malaria, cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, night-blindness, and tapeworm, to clean, safe reliable sources of water for life — you can help make this a permanent reality for the most impoverished people of Africa.

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