To address growing pipe borne water scarcity in our communities, address frequent health challenges as a result of lack of portable water, a care giver, Joy Iganya Odiba has donated a motorised solar powered borehole to Ajichemu Community, Abocho in Dekina local government area of Kogi State.
Iganya, an indigene of Dekina local government is the daughter of former State focal person, Community and Social Developement Agency in Kogi state, Dr. James Odiba.
According to the donor during her presentation of the motorised borehole to the community, said she was humbled to partner with a non-governmental organisation to address the age long water problem of the area.
Iganya maintained that tradition and economic situations of the people of the area, was the bane that had precluded access to clean water in the community.
She used the opportunity to thank her partners for their Giving NG and Bluecarmel Foundation for the invaluable contributions that brought to fruition the location of a motorised borehole in Ajichemu, while urging others to emulate the good deeds to the community.
The donor expressed her joy that the scarcity of water in Ajichemu, Ajiebiloma, Ofaina, Ofokopi will become a thing of the past with the citing of a new solar borehole.
“I’m grateful that with this project, the people of this community get an ease on life most especially the school girls who no longer have to trek to Ofaina or Ofokopi to fetch water or miss all school on their monthly periods.”
Iganya also extended her gratitude to her parents, Dr. James Odiba and Mrs. Martha Alewo Odiba whose legacy of Selfless and Community Services encouraged her into achieving this feat.
“I would like to thank my parents. My mother, Martha Alewo Odiba and my father, James Odiba on whose legacy I’m privileged to build on. As an inexperienced but passionate person, I have been hand held through this process by their guidance. ”
The young lad stressed her desire to continue in this trend, to address social stratification prevalent in our rural areas, so as to give access not only to portable water, but other services.
Speech by Joy Iganya Odiba.
Megba, me wolududu amonu wa, amatami amiyemi kpai amomaye mi ki demi chaka
Meduba mi Eki bo, chalie enefu na ka ke.
“I’m grateful to God Almighty for the opportunity He has given me to bring this water project to this community.”
“When I discovered that Ajichemu had no access to potable water and the options for source of water were either a pond called Ofaina. By tradition women are considered unclean during their monthly periods and as such cannot go to Ofaina. The other option is paying to fetch water which cost a lot for a low-income community. I wondered how the people of this community conducted their daily activities. There was a problem of cost, access, availability, health and hygiene of this community. This thought kept me up thinking of the best strategy to provide a working solution.”
“This is the reason why I started crowd funding this project. In the process, I met the people of GIVING and Bluecamel Foundation without whom this journey will not have been possible. They have executed a motorized borehole system with 10 tap points which is also solar powered therefore climate friendly. Because it is solar powered, the maintenance cost is low. I urge the people of this community to put their best foot forward towards the protection and maintenance of this project.”
“I’m grateful that with this project, the people of this community get an ease on life most especially the school girls who no longer have to trek to Ofaina or Ofokopi to fetch water or miss school on their monthly periods. ”
“I would like to thank my parents. My mother Martha Alewo ODIBA and my father, James ODIBA on whose legacy I’m privileged to build on. As an inexperienced but passionate person, I have been hand held through this process by their guidance. ”
“I pray this project brings more ease to the lives of the people of Ajichemu, Ajiebiloma and neighboring communities.”