Access to potable water is essential for day to day living. Water cleanses the system, is crucial for the prevention of water-borne diseases and water for all intents and purposes IS life and ‘life’ is what has been missing from Obinagu community in Nkanu west Local Government, Enugu State.
This is why residents of the community could not hold back their joy when the ‘What Can We Do Together’ initiative of MTN Foundation berthed its ship in Obinagu. They came out in their multitude to witness the drilling of a 650ft borehole that will provide potable water for the community and essentially keep them healthy and safe.
A midwife, Kenechukwu Nnamani, shared the challenges that members of the community face in their quest to access water from the nearby river. According to her, hours are spent on the road just to fetch a bucket of water and ladies are often times exposed to other dangers like wild animals, rapists, and injuries; this is in addition to the high potential for diseases as a result of drinking and bathing with unclean water from the river.
The head of the Obinagu community, His Royal Highness Igwe Uwakwe Agbo Oruruo, in his thanks to the Foundation stated that access to clean water, which is one of the community’s greatest challenges, has now been eliminated thanks to the intervention of MTN Foundation. “The Obinagu Community will not forget this kind gesture from the MTN Foundation. We are eternally grateful for this new lease of life”, he said.
The ‘What Can We Do Together’ initiative, a brainchild of the MTN Foundation, was launched in September 2015 during the 10th-anniversary celebration of the MTN Nigeria Foundation. The initiative was borne out of the need to give every Nigerian the opportunity to make a difference in their communities. Under the second phase of the initiative, a call was made for Nigerians to nominate 200 communities to benefit from 200 projects.
Across Nigeria, a total of 400 communities were selected from a pool of numerous applications following a rigorous screening process. Through this process, 40 communities have received 500KVA transformers, 80 schools received brand new sets of school furniture, 80 primary health care centres received modern medical equipment and another 40 communities received 650ft water boreholes.
See more photos of the installed borehole below…