by Hadeel Suliman
As of May 2013, Clean Water for Everyone (CWFE) completed the execution of its latest project mission in Nigeria. CWFE founder Abbey Wemimo flew to his home country as project leader, through social entrepreneurship student organization Enactus at the University of Minnesota Crookston.
The location selected for the project was Bonjeh Schools, situated in Okokomaiko (PPL) Ojo Local Government Area in Lagos, Nigeria. This year, the non-profit organization chose a theme for the project centered on water, sanitation and education.
“Our themes for the work in Lagos, Nigeria, this year were water, sanitation, and education and Enactus took several steps in order to bring this work to fruition,” says Wemimo.
Initially, a 1,600 gallon water system was installed as planned by the organization. This meant that clean water access will be provided to over 1,000 students in the school along with an added 15,500 residents who will have indirect impact in the surrounding local community.
Providing access to clean water without proper sanitation techniques defeats the purpose of the project ,Wemimo adds. Hence, the team helped renovate three toilet facilities and built two more in the school. The renovation process provided new toilet bowls in addition to running water and a tiled flow to avoid stagnation of water. This in turn will eradicate the culture of dangerous bacteria from forming and polluting the water facilities.
As for the education portion of the project, CWFE negotiated a one-year scholarship for 30 students in Bonjeh schools to help foster a long-term reciprocal relationship between both parties while benefiting the youth in the school. The average annual school fee per student is $190, given that the school year is divided into three terms. The owners of the school and its principal have agreed on investing $5700 in scholarship money, with CWFE paying 19%, or $1300 per student. As a result, $7000 was invested, and the scholarship selection procedure began. The process was highly competitive as students were required to submit an essay, letter of recommendation, their academic records and a resumé. Over 1000 applications were received of which 30 were carefully selected, based on the quality of their essay, granting them a one full-year scholarship.
Clean Water for Everyone not only provided students of Bonjeh Schools access to clean water, but also rendered proper sanitation installations, an education scholarship to 30 deserving students and fostered a lasting connection with the school. This project mission would not have been a possibility without the boundless support of the University of Minnesota, Crookston Enactus team, the Crookston community and generous donations from people across the United States.
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