Emeka Asonye and other Walk for water Abuja volunteers

Emeka Asonye and other Walk for water Abuja volunteers

The Water Action Month is an initiative of End Water Poverty – A coalition of Civil Society Organizations and NGOs working to end water poverty in their respective countries. In March, members of the End Water Poverty Coalition, celebrate to contribute to the global advocacy around World Water Day, led by UN-Water, on 22 March. End Water Poverty members are so passionate about it that the entire month of March is dedicated to taking action to stand together and call for a better and more sustainable water future!
The month of global action in March provides a platform for organizations and communities to stand together with one common voice; advocating for change and a world where no one is left behind, and everyone has their rights to water and sanitation realized.
As a member of End Water Poverty Coalition, Hope Spring Water Charity Foundation embarked on a “Walk for Water” along the streets of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The walk, which commenced on 16th of March 2018 at Apo Shoprite Shopping Mall had other local NGOs – PickThatTrash and PHAAE – as partners. The aim of the walk was to sensitize people in the Capital City of Abuja, of their human rights to a clean and safe water close to homes.
Nigeria is at the brink of a water, sanitation and hygiene crisis. About 60 million people in Nigeria are currently living without adequate access to water; Over 120 million people do not have a decent toilet and about 47 million people practice open defecation. In our quest to end this ugly trend, the Walk for Water encouraged Nigerians to hold the government accountable to provide access to clean water at homes for its citizens.
The “walk” held for two consecutive days in the capital city of Abuja between 10AM and 4PM each day, through the streets, parks, green gardens and malls in Abuja, Nigeria. A large banner showing facts about water were displayed at each venue and customized bottled water were handed to participants and interested passers-by who stopped over to join the campaign. The campaign was concluded on 17th of March 2018 at Jabi Shopping Mall.
The passers-by engaged in discussions while taking the walk were encouraged to ensure Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) is a top priority for both Government and relevant stakeholders. They were also informed that safely managed water and sanitation for all, will make early successes and sustainable progress possible across so many of the Global Goals, and truly end inequality. Emphasis was laid on involving the vulnerable and most marginalized groups in decision making, ensuring no one is left behind.
Most of the citizens engaged in a discussion during the “Walk for Water” confirmed that they are not aware of their human rights to water as they are used to providing water for themselves at homes. It is common practice for Nigerians to provide water at homes through boreholes while the poor who cannot afford to construct a borehole are left with no choice than to walk miles in search of water.
We have to make every second count, and work together, to realize a better water future for all. Join us for the month of global action calling for a better future for all. The Water Action Month still continues with more activities scheduled to hold in different locations in Nigeria.
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Water Action Month (Fact of the Day):

• #FactOfTheDay: A lack of safe #water and #sanitation services across the world force women to spend 200 million hours per day collecting water (UNICEF, 2016).
• #FactOfTheDay: Lack of access to safely managed and sustainable #water and #sanitation services has a negative impact on health outcomes – over 842,000 people die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe or dirty water and poor sanitation (WHO, 2017).
• #FactOfTheDay: Today, 2.1 billion people worldwide lack access to safely managed #water, over twice as many lack access to safely managed #sanitation services (JMP 2017 Report).

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