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We are committed to improving access to safe water, improved sanitation and good hygiene in rural communities through advocacy, which it defines as ‘Influencing the decisions, policies and practices of powerful decision-makers, to address underlying limited access of WASH in rural communities and bring about good living condition of people in rural communities and support good development.

For us, advocacy never just raises awareness of an issue, problem or situation. It always seeks to change the policies, practices, systems, structures, decisions and attitudes that are causing the issue, problem or situation, in favour of people living in marginalised rural communities.

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Ibwa community is a rural community about 9 kilometres from Gwagwalada Area council FCT Abuja. With a population size of about 8,500, including women and children, they only have one motorised borehole that serves the whole community.

According to Abubakar Suleiman (village head), the community has five boreholes, but only one is functioning, for them they value that one as though it were gold. Occasionally, that one gets bad and the community members have to contribute money to fix it.

They also have a stream that is very accessible to the community, it is an easy source of water if you don’t want to wait in the long queue to get a bucket of water to take your bath or wash your clothes or dirty plates and other kitchen utensils.

Every morning, as early as 4:30 am, while we go to the farm, Women and children wake up and go to queue to fetch water from the motorised borehole before they come and finish the house chores and then the children go to school.

On 28 July 2010, through Resolution 64/292, the United Nations General Assembly explicitly recognized the human right to water and sanitation and acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realisation of all human rights.

PROJECT STATUS: PENDING

Situated in Bassa District of Jos South Local Government Area and about 15 kilometres away from Jos Metropolis is the Rewianku community. The community is seated on the steep area of hills and mountains and so it is about 9 kilometre from the major road. It takes about an hour to drive in and about 2 – 3 hours on foot due to its terrible access road.

PROJECT STATUS: PENDING