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Welcome to Equal Rights School
Equal Rights Secondary School is a Catholic school located in Plateau State, Nigeria. It was established in 1998. The school roll is currently 175 students comprising 93 girls and 82 boys, of age between 11 and 18 years. The student population is made up of different Christian denominations and Muslims.
The 2 existing wells
The two major challenges faced by the school are water and sanitation. The school currently has two open wells. However, these are not adequate to meet the needs of the school all year round. During the Dry Season there is water rationing by one of the wells being locked to allow it to fill up. The other well is used until it runs dry and is then locked to allow it to recharge and the other is unlocked and used. So there is constant switching between the two wells to ensure the availability of some water throughout the year.
Existing Sanitation facilities
The school also has three pit latrines shared by students, staff and their families.
The boys have no bathrooms or latrines. They shower in a room of a partially completed building. They walk down to the school to use the latrines or go into the open field to defecate at night. The students are afraid to use the school pit latrines which they deem unsafe preferring to use open fields.
The girls have only one bathroom. They have no latrines in their dormitories so they, like the boys walk down to the main school building to use the latrines or else they use fields adjoining their dormitories
A Water and Sanitation Project was carried out at the school.
The project comprised:
This £5,609 cost of the Project was funded entirely by Good TASTE Fair Trade Shop, Sheffield from its profit from 2016 Trading.
WASH (WAter, Sanitation & Hygiene) Education Workshop
Doris Samuel (Health and Sanitation Officer) and Tim Danchal (Team Coordinator) were met on arrival at the school by Sister Christie. Doris and Tim were there on a previously arranged visit for the delivery of WASH Education Workshop prior to the start of the construction of one borehole and the 4 latrines.
Human behaviour cannot change without an external source triggering the change. In this context the triggering is done by getting the students to realise the effects of open defecation and water borne diseases to their health and environment.
Doris explained to the students the meaning of “open defecation” as an insanitary disposal of faecal matter on land, water and any open space which can easily cause pollution and contamination. She also explored the routes of disease transmission such as fingers, mouth, fluids etc. She explained that there are vectors too such as rodents, mosquitoes, flies etc.
The aim of WASH Education Workshop was to encourage the students to develop good basic sanitation and hygiene practices and to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the risks associated with open defecation.
WASH Education Workshop in progress
Doris also helped the school to set up a Water Sanitation & Hygiene Committee (WASHCOM). The Committee will ensure that the lessons learned during the Workshop are implemented and observed by the current and future school community.
Sister Christie thanked TASTE for its support and project implementation and was thankful for the health education that was given to them. She said that they now have better understanding of the importance and the need for good hygiene practice as a result of the Workshop
Borehole Construction & use
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World Water Day, Wednesday 22 March 2017: Water and wastewater
World Water Day takes first set up in 1993 and since then it is celebrated on 22 March every year. It was set up in order to raise awareness of the global water crisis.
We waste many things in our everyday life, including food, money, energy, time and even water, although more than two billion of the world population live without access to clean water. Water is also important for adequate hygiene and sanitation something that approximately 2.4 million people lack.
Water is a vital resource that we need to protect. It can be also a source of global problems. We have to deal with wastewater.
Indeed the lack of clean water or the strong presence of wastewater in some places cause major problems such as:
Ill health (due to non potable water or to an unhealthy environment),
Increased gap between the rich and the poor
Pollution in rivers and lakes with the subsequent impact on aquatic lives
Adequate sanitations and clean water for every person improve their quality of life.
We can reuse some of our wastewater for non-potable household needs such as flushing toilets, watering the garden etc.
Agriculture is a big user of water and there is an increasing use of waste water, especially in irrigation which reduces water consumption.
In the case of industries, recycling waste water reduces the release untreated wastewater, into the surrounding rivers and water courses. As a result protecting the environment and the local ecosystem.
The reuse of waste waters can bring huge benefits to the environment preserving it for the next generations.
The future depends on what we do today to our water and our waste water.
Raising funds for TASTE via a sponsored Fun Run has become something of an annual event. Despite the humbugs who claim that fun run is an oxymoron, every year hundreds of people turn out in Sheffield and Wrexham to run, walk, stroll, pedal or push (buggies that is) around a 5k course. 5k, or roughly 3 miles to the uninitiated, is typical of the distance walked by women and children in rural Nigeria in their search for clean drinking water. Not for them the luxury of simply turning on a tap.
The Fun Runs this year raised:
TASTE’s own Marathon Man, Peter Akrill in May 2017 completed the MK Marathon in 3:07:15. and raised £810 for us in the process. Nice one Peter, Thank you”
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Our Fundraising Dinner at the spectacularly beautiful Stationers’ Hall was attended by 70 guests from London, Dorset, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Kent and Ascot. They were all personal contacts, some existing supporters some new to TASTE.
Guests were welcomed in the Courtroom with drinks and canapes, music provided by Cantuari Quintet. Steve Horton was the MC for the night. The Nigerian and British National Anthems were played followed by thanksgiving for the meal given by Rev Spencer Cunnah (Kensit Evangelical church, London). Our guests then sat down to a lovely 3 course meal by Stationers Hall in house caterers Chester Boyd. During the first course the Quintet again played. After the main course Inua Ellams, a Nigerian Poet recited several of his poems. We then heard a recorded message from our Patron, Dan Walker. Steve gave a presentation – “Our Journey so far” highlighting particularly how God has used “ordinary people”, with “ordinary skills”, to make an “extraordinary impact” in TASTE and in needy communities across Nigeria.
We launched our “All Hands to the Pump” Campaign to raise £200,000 over the next 5 years with the aim of looking again to God to continue to use “ordinary people”, with “ordinary skills” to make an “extraordinary impact” to raise this colossal amount of money.
We received, by popular request a brief presentation about the history of the Stationers’ Company and Stationers’ Hall from the Clerk of Stationers’ Company, William Alden. The evening finished with the London African Gospel Choir singing a number of songs.
If you missed the evening then you missed a truly magnificent evening, but don’t worry, you can catch our next one – Watch this space!
In the meantime why not join our “All Hands to the Pump”: “ordinary people”, “ordinary skills”, “extraordinary impact” Campaign!
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Many thanks to all who attended this event. We raised £731.30 to support water projects in Nigeria.Read More »
Here’s Peter Akril who completed the IAAF Cardiff World Half Marathon 2016, raising £1081.53 so far for TASTE. He set himself the target of beating his record of 1hr 53mins set when he was 15 years old. Now 30 years later he finished the race in 1hr 35mins only about 35 minutes behind the World Champion Mo Farah. Very Well Done Peter!Read More »
TASTE Sheffield Fun Run 2016 saw about 50 intrepid supporters brave the cold, wet morning to complete the 5k circuit to raise an incredible £1,280.
The North Wales Fun Run in April went really well raising £605 so far. Now it was Sheffield’s turn to step up to the starting line.
5km, or roughly 3 miles to the uninitiated, is typical of the distance walked by women and children in rural Nigeria in their search for clean drinking water. Not for them the luxury of simply turning on a tap.
Who Participated? The short answer is everyone! We had serious runners who are training for other events; we had family groups who race between themselves; we had parents with buggies; we had dog-walkers. Some ran, others strolled.
This sponsored event annually raises enough money to provide a rural community in Nigeria with a borehole that will give clean drinking water throughout the year to every man, woman and child in the village.
The TASTE Trustees are grateful to God for your support
Please send to TASTE, 15 Hawthorn Road, Sheffield, S6 4LG
Tel: 0114 233 7617, email@example.com, www.taste.org.uk, Facebook: TASTE Charity, Twitter:@taste_safewater
TASTE Drilling Team is currently working at Dalo Memorial High School on the States of Guernsey funded project to provide the 800 strong school community with 4 boreholes and 10 latrines. They have completed the drilling of the boreholes and have successfully carried out the pump testing stage and installation of some of the pumps. They are now gearing up, to the construction of the latrines. The construction works were proceeded by an enthusiastically welcomed but very important Water Sanitation and Hygiene Workshop, delivered by our Community Development Officer.Read More »
We are grateful for the donation of a lorry by Lawsons, a Building Materials Supplier based in and around London; our previous lorry, Fudge, had broken down after ten years of service. Emmanuel Evangelical Church (Baptist) Newport graciously paid for the tank. The vehicle is parked at a farm near Dorking – a mere 50 miles from Tilbury Docks, from where it will carry out its journey to Nigeria.
We still need £4,000 before it can become fully operational in Nigeria for TASTE.Read More »