Water Hub Africa
Published on July 4, 2016 um 12:43
Explain your idea in details:
According to a 2013 report by the United Nations Children Emergency Funds UNICEF, 2000 children die daily and 90% of these deaths are caused by avoidable water related diseases. By this statement, it is implied that over 724,000 children die annually from avoidable water related diseases, and 11% of these deaths occur in Nigeria, amounting to the death of over 80,000 children per annum. According to the UNICEF, over 66million Nigerians lack access to improved drinking water, and Nigeria also leads second to India in half of the worlds under 5 deaths. (http://www.unicef.org/media/media_68359.html) Of this statistics, Emohua Local Government Area in Rivers State Nigeria is not captured, as this set of people are a timid group of an obscured origin, and of the 23 Local Government Areas in the state, they lack most of the basic amenities such as water, among others. Local villagers in this community trek miles to access water from the local stream with exception of a few who have wells drilled in their compounds. Yet these ones fetch the water out of an over 20feet deep well, using unhealthy looking and often contaminated locally sourced ropes and buckets. In 2013 local health survey showed more than 60% of the children in this locality were affected by cholera and diarrheal with over 70% of adults with a record of diarrheal and another 45% currently suffering from a water related disease. Our project is designed to address the problem of poor health and child mortality due to water related diseases arising from lack of improved drinking water and poor hand washing hygiene and general hygiene culture in five (5) underserved wards (Wards 1,5,6,8,10) in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers state.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The expected outcome of this project on Sustainable Development is as follows; on the short term, the following is expected. Availability and access to improved drinking water To zero stress reduction resulting from long distance travel to source for water Access to more hygienic water source Availability of new improved water storage And on the Long Term, we expect the following outcomes; Development of a new and hygienic culture Development of a hygienic water culture and health habits To zero reduction in child mortality Healthier community Improved communal productivity resulting from improved health standards Healthier nation Reduced spending for the United Nations, other government and non-government agencies on health and water interventions All these put together acts in fulfillment of the United Nations, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) number 3 (Good Health) and 6 (water and sanitation).
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Our business model and strategy focuses on but is not limited to the following;
A strong value proposition that includes but not limited to delivering access to improved drinking water by washing and detoxifying water storage systems for rural communities (where it exists) while installing one (where it doesn't). This package comes with other freebies as well - FREE Water Hygiene counselling, Free plumbing on water fittings and pipes, Free Hygiene and handwashing reorientation. Our customer segment focuses on 5 underserved communities in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State.
To finance this project, we have stashed out a seed fund from personal savings and donations from family and friends of $3,600 of total project fund of $11,500 for the 5 communities. We have made contacts with several CBOs and institutions - Public and Private to gain some measure of in kind or cash support.
Our Sustainability model for this project is simple. We deliver access to improved drinking water to rich homes at a premium using our pressure flush system and UV radiation to cleanse both their overhead tanks and underground pipelines. This ensure their water system is clean for a period of 4 months before another dose is delivered. The proceeds from this venture is used to fund water and hygiene projects for poor and rural communities.
Our collaborators include rural health workers association, the Rivers State ministry of health, Nigerian Medical Association, Local Women and Youth Associations, The Nigerian National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and other community based organizations (CBOs)
Bright Chinule was born on the 16th day of May 1990, I am a graduate of physics from Benson Idahosa University, Benin, Nigeria. I have worked as a volunteer for the Nigerian National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) from 2014 where I was responsible for inspiring and mentoring more than 5,000 youths in South-West and South-South Nigeria. Haven directly imparted more than 20,000 Nigerian youth since 2010, I have also worked as an Ideation officer for Benson Idahosa Universities Agricultural reformation project, where I was responsible for planning, execution and troubleshooting of the process of the biggest conference on international agricultural partnership and innovation in Nigeria. I am a certified Entrepreneurial Strategic Manager University of New Mexico, Certified in Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies: The First Step in Entrepreneurship University of Maryland, Innovation for Entrepreneurs: From Idea to Marketplace University of Maryland, all via courser. In 2014, I was nominated a member of the Policy Subcommittee of the Youth Integration Initiative of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG). Now a Google trained facilitator and Port Harcourt team leader for the Google Digital 101 (DigitalMeNg) empowerment seminars for 10,000 unemployed youths in Rivers State Nigeria and a 2016 fellow of the League of Extraordinary Young People (LEXY) powered by Mene Blessing ( a 2016 Ashoka Global fellow) I am a social entrepreneur working with young people like me, creating value in the society by transforming regular vocations like Tank Washing into blue collar professions through innovation.
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