Delta state is blessed with huge crude oil deposit; this to a large extent is more of a disadvantage than an advantage because of oil spillage and gas flaring during oil exploration and extraction. The water becomes contaminated not only for daily use but also affect the ecosystem and kill water bodies which could have been a great economic benefit to them.
Access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in Delta state is a major challenge due to limited availability of WASH facilities such as safe drinking water, safe sanitary disposal of human waste, hand washing and water supply facilities, which contribute to very high WASH related disease, with its attendant health and economic impacts.
Acknowledging the inextricable link between WASH and poverty, staying committed to its vision of alleviating water poverty in Nigeria, Hope Spring Water Charity Foundation is taking its WASH campaigns and projects to Delta State.
The first project in the state is the WASH High-School Competition, which is part of the “WASH-2-School” Project, implemented by Hope Spring Water across various states in Nigeria. The WASH High-School Essay Competition will create awareness about WASH and bridge the knowledge gap amongst youths in Delta state
After the competition, WASH Club will be formed in the various schools that participated to enhance the project sustainability. The WASH Club activities are centered on promoting WASH, while its members serve as WASH vanguards in their respective schools.
The objectives of the WASH Club are:
1. To bridge the knowledge gap and raise a young generation of WASH champions
2. To impart and develop life skills among school children in the area of WASH
3. To promote child friendly schools with appropriate WASH initiatives
4. To improve the health of school-aged children and by extension, that of their families and communities.
Evgeniy is Hope Spring online marketing director