Pastor Obi is addressing the root problem of diseases facing communities in which he works – the lack of clean drinking water.
Project: To drill a borehole well in Alawe, a rural community of about 2000 people in Nigeria, to combat the illnesses caused by lack of clean drinking water.
The borehole well is targeted to serve the water challenge of a rural community. The community’s main source of water is a from a river, though other sources include seasonal rain water, open shallow wells and stagnant ponds. The river’s water quality is very poor and not suitable for drinking, as it is used for all forms of activities. The poor water quality is the cause of several sicknesses found among the community members, including river blindness, bilharzia, skin diseases and typhoid. Having a borehole well for the community will go a long way to drastically reduce the chances of people getting infected by diseases that are waterborne through the river source and the other unfit sources.
Alawe is home to at least 200 households, and most have at least eight people in each home. Therefore, a minimum of 2000 people will benefit. The major economic activity in the community is peasant farming of food crops. People living in this region are living below poverty level.
Availability of potable water in the community has been a major challenge. Attempts have been made to manage these sicknesses by occasionally administering medical aid. Because the major cause has not been addressed, this approach is not effective. Providing the community with clean, safe water from a well will significantly improve the health of people living in Alawe.
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