2017 Samuel Omogo Foundation Project

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Letter From The Foundation

April 24, 2017

Dear friends,

Thank you for viewing our website and for all your support to Samuel Omogo Foundation. Thank you for being part of the change in the lives of many people in Nigeria. Pope Francis said “that we could be moving toward a major world war for water.” He did so when addressing participants at the concluding session of an international seminar on “the human right to water,” held at the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Feb. 23 and 24. He emphasized “the urgent need” to address this issue because “all people have a right to safe drinking water,” but this right is not guaranteed today. https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2017/02/24/pope-francis-warns-major-world-war-water

The provision of safe and accessible water supply to the rural/underserved communities in Ebonyi State is undoubtedly one of the most important socio-economic and developmental necessity required for improvement of life. Ebonyi State is mostly composed of rural communities and a greater proportion of the communities are underserved and suffer from lack of safe and easily accessible sources of water.

The main sources of water supply in Ebonyi State are pond, rivers and streams and these are about 1hr to as much as three hours of walking distance away from the villages. Majority of the water sources are being contaminated by sewage (faeces and urine), animal dung, refuse and plant debris and leaves. The possibility of chemical contaminants cannot be ruled out as some people wash clothes and other items capable of polluting the water sources right inside the water.

Since 2012 till date Samuel Omogo Foundation has drilled 100 water wells. With the impact assessment carried by Professor Uneke of Ebonyi State University we recorded the following results:

1. Reduction of time wasted to source for water

2. Reduction of child molestation due to water scarcity

3. Reduction of water borne diseases and illness associated with lack of personal hygiene caused by water scarcity.

4. Availability of good drinking water has improved the health of people

5. Alleviation of suffering going long distances to fetch water especially among older women.

6. No more risk of snake bites and attack of wild animals experienced at the sources of water supply (eg, ponds & streams)

7. Information obtained on cases reported at the hospital diagnosed as water borne disease presenting as typhoid or cholera with symptoms of diarrhea, dysentery, vomiting. i.e., comprehensive assessment of three-year period (2014-2015), showed 69.3% reduction in cases of water borne diseases reported in the communities from 2015-2016.

The need

Water is also essential for house needs and access to safe drinking water and sanitation is critical to maintaining health particularly for children. It is estimated that about 3900 children die every day from water borne diseases (World Health Organization, 2004). In Ebonyi State, the situation is disturbing where in 2003 and 2004, a total of 11,685 diarrhea cases with 36 deaths were reported, a total of 126 guinea worm cases were equally reported, while a total of 207 cholera cases with 16 deaths and a total of 194 typhoid related diseases with 11 death were further reported, and those mostly affected were children (Ministry of Health Ebonyi State, 2005). In 2010, approximately 11% (97,600) of deaths in Nigeria children < 5year old were due to diarrhea and cholera disease.

Request

Due to the high death rate and contamination of disease, 60 villages requested for water wells this year. There was a comprehensive study on these village indicating their main source of water, population of the people in the village, the distance they walk to get water, the water borne-disease they suffer and the pictures of the people fetching water from the pond. Our goal this year is to drill sixty wells for these villages.

Thank you so much for all the impact you make in the lives of others.