Water forms an intrinsic part of our daily lives. It is no longer news how bad the current water situation is in our present world- one in every ten persons lack access to clean water, with the most affected being young people.
Every 90 seconds, a child dies from a water related disease. How worse can this get! In Nigeria, a number of young people are taking action towards providing lasting solutions to the water crisis, which affects about 50% of the population (86 million people), with a vast majority living the rural area. One of these youngsters is Daniel Falonipe, a Nigerian undergraduate, and delegate to the World Youth Parliament for Water. He founded Nigeria Youth Action for Water (NYAW), a youth network with a mission to harness the enthusiasm and power of the youth in creating sustainable solutions to tackle Nigeria’s water and sanitation challenges, focusing on local actions, behavioral change programs and advocacy campaigns.
One of these local actions has recently been implemented in the village Labata, South Western Nigeria. With the financial support of Young Water Solutions, an international foundation which provides youngsters worldwide with the opportunity to implement their field projects by offering micro finance and technical support, the NYAW has been able to tremendously improve access to safe drinking water for 700-1000 people from Labata and neighboring villages.
Improved access to safe drinking water is of great importance to this village of predominantly farmers and local traders as their closest source of water was a river located a km away, running dry most of the time due to excessive extraction. The main objective has been to reduce the excessive waterstress faced by the villagers, especially women and children.