In an uncontrolled environment, a child is lost due to effects of diseases, especially contamination from water available to this community (Ipoba Community). This situation results to about 10 deaths a year and doesn’t include adults. The children are the least fortunate who don’t have access to adequate fresh water and sanitation services, they lack clean water and proper sanitation has led to a Cholera disease that has now infected people in this community.
The purpose of this project is to reduce the number of people without basic water source. From a policy perspective, one of the major challenges is not just building wells, to serve rural communities, it’s creating the local institutions and policies and maintaining those systems and infrastructure over the long term—the critical keys to success.
My Team and I hope to reduce the stock being taken by Diseases in this community, by initiating this project so as to harness the available resources for other activities that will be beneficial to all. Understanding that communities need to organize themselves to manage their drinking water a system is of paramount importance.
In this settlement (Ipoba Community), villagers contest the right that all drinking water systems must be controlled by the state government or private actors. But not all communities have the capacity to govern their local systems in a decentralized fashion, which is the innovation we are working upon.