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Solar Powered Water Pumps

The Need
It is estimated by the UN that 124 000 children in Nigeria die every year from preventable diseases. Lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities is the main factor contributing to the deaths of these children.
Global One are fundraising for communities in Kano Nigeria, that are suffering from a lack of potable water.
When doing a survey in Kano state, Nigeria, Global One discovered that there is only one poorly maintained hand-pump available to support an estimated population of 75 000 people. To access this water pump, community members had to queue all day. The unreliability of the pump, coupled with the high volume of people it was required to cater too, meant that despite queuing to access water from the pump, community members were still not guaranteed clean water. Many members of the community would resort to using contaminated water from shallow streams.
Lack of education on good hygiene practices and an inability to access safe-drinking water has meant that children and elderly within the community are becoming ill, and dying from preventable diseases such as diarrhoea.

Impact

In Nigeria, Global One have installed a solar powered water pump. This pump was able to provide a safe and sustainable supply of drinking water to the community. In conjunction with installing the solar-powered water pump, Global One has conducted trainings on WASH education. In Magami community, two trainings were given in June and July. These trainings aimed at educating women and children on the importance of regular handwashing, a clean environment and treating their drinking water. These trainings have reached 100 women and 200 children so far. By providing education on WASH and access to clean drinking water Global One is empowering communities within Nigeria and reducing the number of people dying from preventable diseases.

Installing solar powered water pumps in Kano county, Nigeria, has also empowered local farmers. Having solar powered water pumps has given farmers access to irrigation during the dry season. In Kano, the dry season begins in October and ends in May. Without access to government irrigation, small farmers in this area suffer as the growth of their crops is affected by lack of water. By providing a solar powered water pump in this area Global One has enabled farmers to farm during the dry season and provide for themselves and their families.

Global One’s project of installing solar powered water pumps is about empowering rural communities in Nigeria by giving them access to clean drinking water, and education on WASH practices. Due to the success of the installation of the water pump in Magami community, Global One is fundraising to install more solar powered water pumps in Nigeria.

This project will help the world reach Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages, and Sustainable Development Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all.

Geographic Regions: Kano country Nigeria.

The cost of installing a water-pump in Nigeria is £20 000. Donations of £50, £100 and £200 can go a long way towards helping Global One to reach this target to install solar powered water pumps in rural Nigeria.