Water is an essential source for the survival of humanity.
Today, the United Nations and millions around the world mark the International World Water Day, held annually on 22 March, as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
Students of LEAP Africa’s Youth Development Training Programme (YDTP) at Iponri Estate Senior High School, 1 of 5 schools participating in the YDTP funded by Sahara Foundation, commissioned two (2) community development projects on Friday, March 18, 2016.
Thirty (30) students implemented “The Water Project”, aimed at providing access to clean water to members of the community by rehabilitating a preexisting, but dormant, borehole in the nearby market (Iponri Estate Market) while another set of thirty initiated plans to refurbish the primary healthcare center in the community.
The YDTP students also unveiled a sign board in the community, as a viable symbol to increase awareness of healthcare services available at the health centre.
LEAP Africa’s YDTP is a project- based learning programme that inspires community development, social change and innovation. Find out more about the programme here.
Here are some pictures from the event:
According to Time.com, 663 million people around the world live without access to safe water. And about 2.2 billion people—one sixth of the world’s population—live without the dignity and safety of adequate sanitation. Many are trapped in the cycle of poverty, and without water and sanitation, there is no way out.
Every global health and development policy and piece of legislation must therefor contain provisions for sustainable water and sanitation. Anything less is a plan that is guaranteed to fall short of its goals.