Bolehole Drilling
Water Deliveries
Community Support
Education

Welcome to TASTE

TASTE was registered as a charity in the U.K. on September 7 1999, to encourage the spread of appropriate and sustainable technology in Nigeria. Originally, the intention was to take the form of sending suitably qualified Christian professionals to work alongside local people or offering support to young Nigerian professionals. However, this quickly moved to developing our own Nigerian drilling team who are responsible for the construction of community boreholes. More recently, we have seen volunteers from the UK travel to Nigeria to share their expertise, thus developing the skills and capacity of our own staff and the communities with which we work.

TASTE was set up as a result of first hand experience of one of the Trustees, Ben Udejiofo, of the hardship being suffered by ordinary Nigerians through the under-utilisation of both human and mineral resources and also the constant request for help by the people of Amankpunato Achi, the village from where Ben originates.

Our work is divided into a number of streams:

  • Geological surveying of potential water locations.
  • Community support in the development of sanitation systems. read more
  • Drilling services for boreholes to supply clean drinking water. read more
  • Water delivery to needy communities. read more
  • Visiting schools in Jos to teach children about the work of TASTE and to help them understand the importance of basic hygiene principles.
  • Taking a high profile approach to honest & ethical standards in business.

Support Us

Making a difference in the lives of needy communities in Nigeria costs money and most of it comes from our supporters. If you are thinking of becoming a supporter – thank you –  see how easy, and painless, it can be to support TASTE.

To donate securely online visit out JustGiving page. Alternatively for text donations, text 70070 with TAST00 and a cash amount (e.g. TAST00 £10).

Water projects

   

TASTE has helped a number of communities in the last year or two.  The community featured above is in Jemkur, a part of the Plateau where there is a lot of poor quality water in the rainy season but absolutely none during the dry season. In some years, the community has simply left everything and gone and lived elsewhere where they can find water! The British High Commission funded the development of a solar powered borehole that pumped water into overhead tanks so that water could be piped to a number of stand pipes. Something of an improvement don’t you agree?

From time to time, we’ll post details of recent projects so that you can see where your support is going. But one theme will remain constant, your support will be making a difference – quite literally a life changing difference – in the lives of thousands of men, women and children.

Sometimes we work alone on our projects and sometimes we have partners. In recent years, we have been partnering SIM City Ministries, who work with widows and street kids in all the major cities of Nigeria.

What’s been happening in Langne?

The shocking need

Would you get up before dawn to collect muddy water from dew-pools that have formed overnight? Would you dig into the sandy river bank to get your water for your children to drink? That’s how many of the communities that we support get their drinking water. How fair is that in the 21st century?

For the ‘lucky’ ones, they simply have to trek 5km to the stream each time they want more water. It is estimated that during the dry season, women and children spend an average of five hours every day fetching water! For many children this means missing school – which doesn’t worry them too much but really hampers their education.

When they get to the stream, the water they collect will often be polluted and will need to be boiled or filtered before it can be drunk. Imagine the children playing … getting hot … and running to the stream to guzzle some water!

130,000 chidren under 5 die every year from diarrhoea in Nigeria. That is one little life every four minutes!! Little wonder that when TASTE provides clean drinking water via a borehole, the incidence of illness amongst the community – especially amongst the children – is reduced dramatically.

Closer to town, it is possible to purchase water – often from a dubious source – from street water sellers. They have wooden trolleys packed with 25 litre containers.  But just how expensive is the water?

Our captive economist tried to do the calculation!

Our Staff

BEN UDEJIOFO
YAKUBU NUHU CHAYI
JONATHAN MAKAN
DINATU DAMI
TIM DANCHAL
NANPAN DASPAN
PATRICK MAREN MAKUT
YOHANNA B. DULA
SUNDAY JATAU
JOHN BARTHOLOMEW
BYENCIT DALA
DORIS SAMUEL
BEN UDEJIOFO

BEN UDEJIOFO

CEO – UK Based

Ben was born in a village called Achi, in Enugu State. He came to the UK at the age of 8 years and was brought up in North London. Ben studied Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Sheffield and worked as a Chartered Civil Engineer for nearly 20 years. He is married with 3 children and is a member of Wycliffe Independent Church in Sheffield.

Ben set up TASTE in September 1999 with the help of some friends. He served as a Trustee until May 2012 when he resigned to take up the role of Chief Executive Officer with overall responsibility for TASTE.

YAKUBU NUHU CHAYI

YAKUBU NUHU CHAYI

Chayi is the Country Director of TASTE Nigeria; he is responsible for providing leadership and team building to ensure the achievement of TASTE vision.  Chayi, is well experienced in the field of development management. He derives motivation from facing new challenges that come his way, system strengthening, team building and staff capacity development is his major area of focus in his work with TASTE. He is single. He enjoys learning, supporting Christian organisations to strengthen their systems and public speaking.

 

JONATHAN MAKAN

JONATHAN MAKAN

Jonathan is the Program Officer of TASTE Nigeria; Jonathan leads the design and implementation of all projects in TASTE and also facilitates the evaluation of completed projects.  He works closely with the account officer and community leaders to have needed information for planning and project implementation. He plays basketball once in a while, married to Phidelia and blessed with 3 beautiful girls.

DINATU DAMI

DINATU DAMI

Dinah is TASTE Nigeria’s accountant; she is responsible for all financial matters regarding TASTE Nigeria. She performs all the accounting responsibilities also involve planning the project, its procurements, execution and accounting for monies used. Aside her work with TASTE, Dinah joins her sister is farming Irish Potatoes, a captain of the Girl’s Brigade in Jos and a Bible teacher for children in her spare time. Dinah is married to her lovely husband Habila Dami and are blessed with 3 children.

TIM DANCHAL

TIM DANCHAL

Tim is the Country Administrator for TASTE Nigeria. He is responsible for the administrative and human resource management. Tim makes sure that human and material resources are put to better use to realise TASTE goals. He likes hiking and photography, he is an animal care advocate and keeps a small poultry.

NANPAN DASPAN

NANPAN DASPAN

Nanpan is a driver with TASTE working with the drilling team by moving equipment to site whenever there is drilling to be carried out.  He is also attached to the training team to provide logistics support. Nanpan enjoys being with family, friends and neighbours during his free time.  Nanpan is married to Sandra his lovely wife and blessed with 3 children.

 

PATRICK MAREN MAKUT

PATRICK MAREN MAKUT

Patrick is a driver and general assistant with TASTE Nigeria. He is among the early staff employed by TASTE. Patrick is a full time driver with TASTE sometimes helps with installations. Patrick enjoys poker games with friends he is also a good farmer. Patrick will be retiring from active service with TASTE by the end of 2019 God willing.   TASTE will miss his faithfulness and diligence.

YOHANNA B. DULA

YOHANNA B. DULA

Yohanna is a drilling assistant with the drilling team. He assists the chief driller in the field. He helps with the drilling, movement of heavy-duty equipment and tools. Yoh enjoys being with his family, neighbours and Church fellowship.

 

SUNDAY JATAU

SUNDAY JATAU

Sunday assists the chief driller in the field with drilling.  Sunday is married to Rifkatu and they are blessed with 8 children and 10 grandchildren. He is calm and enjoys doing his work without any complaints.  Sunday enjoys time with family and friends in the community and can usually be found under a tree chatting with them.

 

JOHN BARTHOLOMEW

JOHN BARTHOLOMEW

John is the Chief Driller and ensures all boreholes are drilled to specifications.  John is an expert driller and has deep knowledge and wide experience. He makes drilling easy even in difficult terrains. John splits his time between family, gym and weekly activities in his local Church after work. John is happily married to his lovely wife Peace and blessed with a daughter named Sarah.

 

BYENCIT DALA

BYENCIT DALA

Byencit Joy Dala is TASTE’ Office Logistics and Environmental Care Officer. Byencit provides logistics support to all the TEAM officers as they prepare to travel to the field.  She make sure the office environment is conducive for work and takes care of all TASTE visitors while in the office. She keeps tracks of all supplies and refilled when out. Byencit is young and single and she hopes to continue her education soon.

Byencit is a Children Sunday School teacher in her local church and enjoys singing also.

DORIS SAMUEL

DORIS SAMUEL

Doris Samuel is TASTE Sanitation and Hygiene Officer. Doris facilitates TASTE trainings in the community in Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and Nutrition.  She carries out monitoring visits to the trained Health Promoters (WASH Advocates) in the communities to provide technical support. Doris enjoys singing and cooking is her free time at home. Doris is single and lives with family. She is also a stronghold of the family.

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