2016 World Water Day: Farmers' communities and their Children Enjoy "Access to Water to improved Livelihood and Job opportunities" in Kano state

Farmers and children from several communities in Kano State, Northern Nigeria have hailed WOFAN’s water and livelihood interventions in their communities as life changing interventions.

The farmers and children spoke at separate events held in Ungwar Naibi Primary School, Dawakin Kudu and on farmlands in Malale and Chakawa communities to mark the 2016 World Water Day (WWD) in the State.

In Ungwar Naibi Primary School, the Environmental Health Club (EHC) formed since 2009 as part of a water and sanitation project implemented by WOFAN in partnership with GEF- Water and Development Alliance (WADA), a Coca cola African Initiative intervention organized a special Water and Hygiene songs, drama, demonstrations and key messages to all stakeholders to mark the 2016 – World Water Day and in line with the 2016 theme of WWD as “water for Jobs and Sustainable livelihood”.

 

intl water day 2016 kano

 

intl water day 2016 kano

 

intl water day 2016 kano

 

Speeches, messages, drama and demonstration by schools children and their communities to mark important messages on how water changes lives and improves livelihood with job creation to both men and women in our societies

 

intl water day 2016 kano

intl water day 2016 kano

intl water day 2016 kano

Speaking during the event, Abdullahi Nasarawa Suleiman, one of the school teachers who received training on Borehole maintenance and repairs as part of the WADA project in 2009, disclosed that having access to safe drinking water has not only changed the lives of people in the community since the beginning of the intervention to Date,  but  it has given some community members jobs as they can now repair faulty boreholes anywhere after receiving training from WOFAN and have diversified to improving their dry season agricultural activities which includes growing cash crops such as groundnut and rice . “We hail WOFAN’s foresight in not just improving access to safe drinking water and sanitation  but also encouraging retention of girl child education in schools, creating job opportunities and improved health and nutrition of the family”, says the headmaster of the school Mallam Musa Saleh.


intl water day 2016 kano

intl water day 2016 kano

In her remarks on the occasion of the 2016 WWD, WOFAN’s ED, Hajia Salamatu Garba disclosed that WOFAN is a member of the Women for water partnership (wfwp)  a network of women in water NGOs and CSOs with a  vision to empower women and girls to bridge the political and economic gaps in the society and improve access to safe drinking water and sanitation. WFWP  is taking a lead through its network worldwide  in achieving sustainable development goals as such, this informed WOFANs decision in   deciding  to follow-up on communities which benefited its intervention projects on water and sanitation  and further build  them on  sustainable strategies that encourages  changing lives of  the populace worldwide  which is  in line with the theme of this year’s WWD.


Hajia Salamatu Garba further noted that : “From 2009 to date, WOFAN has been able to construct 1,750 boreholes in five (5) state of Nigeria. This year, in a bid to see how these boreholes have impacted on the lives of community members, WOFAN decided to follow up on the first set of boreholes it constructed to find out how they have been improving livelihood, how they have provided jobs; what skills community members have derived from the provision of the boreholes and what strategies the communities have put in place for the continued ownership of these facilities, including those provided by Government.