Water is life and yet globally, billions of people still lack access to safe drinking water. Consumption of dirty water is the cause of millions of preventable deaths witnessed yearly, and around 297,000 of those deaths are children who are under the age of five years.
As part of Hope Spring #ClaimYourWaterRights campaign to mobilize and sensitize citizens on human rights to water, Hope Spring embarked on a sensitization visit to Zhiyinda Community in the Federal capital Territory, Abuja.
Zhiyinda community is a host community for the Zhiyinda Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp, with a population of about one thousand three hundred people, who were displaced from their homes due to the Boko Haram insurgency in North-east Nigeria. Majority of the displaced persons are from Gworza in Borno State, Nigeria.
During Hope Spring’s visit to the community, it was realized that most of the internally displaced children of school age, attend the LEA Primary School, Zhiyinda, which was constructed by the state government. The school is a block of three classroom that accommodates Primary 1 to 6 students.
On engaging with the students, they confirmed that the school has no toilet or water. When the students are pressed during school hours, they go to the nearby bush, despite the presence of snakes in the bush. On the other hand, students go to school with water fetched from home or nearby stream, as there is no source of water supply in the school.
The #ClaimYourWaterRights team sensitized the students on their human rights to water and the students then called on the government to respect their human rights by provision of toilet and water for the school.
Evgeniy is Hope Spring online marketing director