We are so delighted that our Patron Dan Walker appeared on Celebrity Catchphrase and SMASHED IT – I don’t mean the big red button which somehow became detached in his hands. I mean that he raised a whopping £14,500 for a project in Amankpunato Achi Village, Enugu State Nigeria. Watch this space for a report of the project which is coming soon.
The project at Kombun Njak and Konchaar communities in Qua’an-Pan LGA (Local Government Area), Plateau State, Nigeria, now provides access to clean water and adequate sanitation to the two communities. It empowers the communities to take control of their own well-being through transformational and sustainable changes in behaviour a general education and capacity building of members of the communities. Enhanced training on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Nutrition and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was given to 30 community leaders and members (15 in each community). These 30 trained Health Promoters will drive the behavioural change to ensure healthy living and sustainable development.The project was completely funded by the grant of £25,000 from the Scott Bader Commonwealth Central Fund.
Prior to the implementation of any project, TASTE work closely with the leadership of the community to mobilise members for the entire project and make them aware of how it will be implemented. TASTE WASH officers facilitated the advocacy visit during which the community members were encouraged to come to self realisation of why this project is so important. It was explained to them why they should have a clean source of water and also why the practice of good hygiene affects health in regards to water use and waste management. The meeting brought together members of each community at an agreed venue. In Kombun Njak 102 (57 males and 45 females) community members attended the meeting and at Konchaar 134 (56 males and 78 females) attended. This was an important meeting for developing the participants’ knowledge in regards to water sources, water born diseases and hygiene. This meeting was going on while the survey team was carrying out the geophysical survey in the communities.
BOREHOLE DRILLING, CONSTRUCTION OF TANK STAND AND BUILDING OF LATRINES
The drilling team sunk a borehole to the depth of 120 metres in each community with each borehole powered by a solar pump which pumped water into 2 x 4,000 litres tanks (8,000 litres) mounted on a fabricated steel tower in each community. The tanks are filled three times daily (during dry season), i.e. 48,000 litres and then piped to draw-off points to serve a total population of about 5,000 people.
Women (from both communities) collecting water before the boreholes were constructed
Kombun Njak Community
Training of selected community leaders and members to champion health promotion was an important aspect of the project that provided an opportunity for ownership and sustainability of the project. The leaders of the community had the responsibility of selecting those who will participate in the training. The participants were selected from a cross section of the community and included community leaders, school leaders, religious leaders. Every effort was made to ensure equal representation of male and female members of the communities. The main objectives of the training were to:
The community leaders had informed and mobilised participants in advance and the names of the selected participants where shared with TASTE facilitators ahead of time enabling them to prepare appropriate material for the training. The training successfully trained 30 participants with 15 persons in each of the communities. The trained participants will ensure that;
In each of the training sessions, participants were divided into three groups and had to go through the WASH training manual with guided questions incorporating scavenger hunt activities for some of the questions as ice-breakers. The scavenger hunt helped participants to engage adequately with the training material from the beginning to the end of the training. They were able to understand that not all clear sparkling water is clean, but it may be contaminated from its sources, which are usually unprotected. The Director of WASH for Qua’an Pan LGA was present along with two sanitation officers from the Local Government. The Director brought words of encouragement to TASTE and the trainees from the LGA Chairman. He committed the LGA to looking for ways to partner with TASTE on WASH, so that other parts of the Local Government Area will be reached with similar training.
The participants were sent into the community for Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) experience with each group visiting 4 houses each. In total, 12 houses were visited and of the 12, only 2 had latrines within the community in Konchaar. In Kombun Njak the CLTS exercise showed that in the entire community only 1 house had a pit latrine. At the close of the training an action plan was drawn up by the participants on how to transfer the knowledge acquired to other members of the community.
Training in progress
Trained Health promoters
On the 22 December 2019, each separate project implemented in the two communities was commissioned and handed over to the community leaders and the communities and were charged with championing the maintenance of the facilities. Present at the commissioning were TASTE Nigerian Country Director, Nuhu Chayi, the Deputy Chairman of Qua’an Pan LGA, , the Leaders of the House of the LGA, Religious Leaders and various community leaders. The trained WASH Advocates were presented with materials they need to ensure that the facilities are well maintained. A Minutes book for meetings, a financial record book to document all finances to do with the maintenance of the project were also presented to each community. Awareness materials to be used by the WASH Advocates were also made available.
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.