Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Explain your idea in details:
The idea focuses on solving the sixth SDG through; - Minimizing the problems of open defecation in the mapped out areas - Problems of inadequate even water supply distribution in urban centers - Advocacy on the dangers of consumption of untreated water and partnering with relevant agencies. - Problems of indiscriminate waste disposal through recycling techniques. - Production of biodegradable water containers instead of the non-biodegradable sachets, plastic bottles. - Inadequate monitoring health challenges arising from the consumption of untreated water - Reduction of unemployment index through employment and empowerment - Preventing ravaging avoidable water borne diseases and pollution affecting people in selected communities. - Prolonging the lives of many at the grass root, as consumption of portable treated water will solve almost 80% of the challenges people faces. - Curbing the problems of flooding as the use of non-biodegradable sachets and water bottles block our water ways and causes flooding. - There will be the utilization of biodegradable packs production machines that recycle husks of groundnuts, rice and other bye-agricultural products into sachets that will contain water. I intend reaching out to the following people within the mapped out areas - People living far away from the main water supply source - People living close to water bodies that practice open defecation, as the project will provide modern toilets that are conducive. - People living around densely populated areas such as schools, tertiary institutions, markets and transport parks. - The general public through our paper sachet and bottle water thereby promoting health, and reducing the risk of flooding since they can be recycled. - Farmers: the feces can serve as source manure on their farms. - People living in places prone to flooding.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Expected impact will be by the end of the year 2020, will be that more than 50,000 persons in registered communities living far from the source of water supply should be able to have and be able to access clean water at their door steps; and a modern water system toilets. This impact can be evaluated since the activities are tangibles. (Each person patronizing the project services can be identified; water source and water systems toilets). Improved health conditions of the clients patronizing the services of the organization. The health condition of the targeted clients will be evaluated from time to time after the project is launched, through hospital records in the mapped out health facilities within the community. (Patient health assessment in the registered community in conjunction with clinics in the communities). Reduction in open defecation in the selected communities. Health consciousness of washing hands after using the toilets. Environmental sanitation through community participation. Reduction in the risk of flooding in the selected mapped out areas. Availability of safe and portable drinking water. Provision of employment to the youths thereby reducing unemployment index. And by the time when the project expands to other communities and neighboring states, open defecation and consumption of unsafe water will be a thing of the past.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
- Having obtained the required amount needed - Mapping of the target areas - Mapping of health facilities in the selected areas - Registering the organization with the Civil Service Commission for proper right of ownership - Legal backing from professional lawyers. - Taking records of the current health status of clients in the selected health facilities - Advocacy/awareness campaigns on all related quality services to be offered by the project - Partnership with other organizations like the media for promulgation of advocacy - Employment of qualified trained staff - Owning a medium of communication between the organization and the general public (websites, phone numbers, blogs, social media and etc.) - Purchase of land where the office will be established - Drilling of boreholes, and purchase of chemicals for purification of the waters - Purchase of durable water kegs, tricycles, and water tanker vehicles for water deliveries - Opening of records for clients - Purchase of machines required to make the project a success - Construction of modern toilets in mapped out areas - Purchase of raw materials to be used in the production of durable water proof paper sachets - Regular collection of the paper sachets and bottles for recycling to ensure a clean sanitized environment - Regular collection of waste from time to time, treating it and selling it out to farmers - Regular advertisement of our services to the general public for effective patronage - Regular monitoring of project activities and effective documentation - Seeking consultative advice from professionals on new marketing strategies, in cases of expansions.
I am 24 years old, a registered Nurse, and an entrepreneur passionate about solving global challenges affecting human existence. I currently work for Women Trafficking and Child Labor Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF) as Monitoring & Evaluation Officer (M&E). As M& E officer I am saddled with the following duties: i. Designing and implementing the M&E activities of projects ii. Prepare reports iii. Monitoring progress of the project on regular basis iv. Developing and maintaining Management Information System for projects Filled with vast innovative ideas aimed at solving some of the problems of humanity, I attend seminars and read about happenings in the world, the field of health and a few other fields. I was troubled by an article that identified Nigeria as the second Nation in the world with over forty eight million people (48,000,000) practicing open defecation, which makes it an average of over 1.3 million people per state in Nigeria, (http://saharareporters.com/2019/03/24/nigeria-set-overtake-india-open-defecation-ranking), and (http://www.simbacor.com/detail?newsId=1942529) from UNICEF and WHO. This alarming figure is dangerous as these feces happen to be washed into our water bodies during the raining season; and other times contaminates our foods and drinking water at home through flies and improper hygiene practices. As an entrepreneur sensitive to the needs of those who come from an underprivileged background because I am one, I am confident that I can equip people with the necessary knowledge to cope with health challenges raving them as a result of water shortage disease or water pollution related diseases, my experiences in helping others have been the key driving force. And as a result I came up with this idea as it will play a vital role in changing the present dynamics of humanitarian services, the idea will greatly promote health, prolonging lives, and above all preventing the risk of flooding around the state.