Nigeria: 502 Kaduna rural communities certified Open Defecation free...UNICEF
By Mohammad Ibrahim
Nigeria: 502 Kaduna rural communities certified Open Defecation free...UNICEFFive hundred and two (502) communities against 190 target were certified Open Defication Free ODF in Chikun, Kachia and Kubau Local Government Areas of Kaduna State Northwest Nigeria, United Nations Children Fund's UNICEF says.
The organization said 1,017 communities were triggered for attainment of open defecation free status in the 3 LGAs.
UNICEF Head of Water, Hygiene and Sanitation desk in Kaduna, Theresa Pamma in a chat with newsmen on the impact of SHAWN project in these communities said in each of the community there are Water Sanitation and Hygiene Committees ( WASHCOMs) established to support operations and maintenance of WASH facilities in the selected LGAs.
Sanitation, Hygiene and Water in Nigeria ( SHAWN II) project aimed at providing access to portable water and improved sanitation to facilitate reduction in Water sanitation and hygiene related diseases in Kaduna rural communities.
It was a water Supply scheme jointly founded by UK government, UNICEF and Kaduna State government in 11 Local Government Areas LGAs of the state.
The project also aimed at educating people on the dangers of open defecation and importance of improved water, sanitation and hygiene.
Theresa explained that Chikun, Kachia and Kubau implemented LGA-wide Water Safety Plans has improved the household water safety in 354 communities.
" 262,611 beneficiaries have access to improved water sources through construction of 325 and 244 rehabilitated hand pump motorized boreholes in project communities in Chikun, Kachia and Kubau.
"41.15 percent of WASHCOM members are female with 633 of them occupying leadership positions in Chikun, Kubau and Kachia LGAs.
"370 primary schools in Chikun, Kachia and Kubau LGAs engage in group handworshing as routine practice using tippy taps. 370 teachers have capacity for promotion of hygiene practices and management of school wash facilities in Chikun, Kachia and Kubau LGAs," she said.
Unguwar Madaki and Unguwar Majidadi villages in Sabon Sarki ward and Anturu and Gora villages in Awon ward in Kachia LGA benefited with a hand pump and motorized boreholes all courtesy of SHAWN ll project in the area.
Some of the people interviewed said SHAWN project made life meaningful for them, saying years back they defecates openly in bush which resulted to spread of disease like diarrhea but SHAWN project intervention have reduced such disease in their communities. The people commended UNICEF and other partners in the project for a job weldone.Sent from Samsung tablet