Over 5,000 residents of Ibrahim Waziri in Damaturu Local Government Area now have access to portable water supply following the installation of a 650ft borehole by the MTN Foundation under its ‘What Can We Do Together’initiative.
The community which is located at the outskirts of Damaturu, had been living under critical scarcity of potable water supply for decades. Before the intervention, the residents primarily depend on local wells and reserve tanks that aren’t enough to support the community during the dry season.
One resident of the community said during the installation, “We have never had access to potable water and we feel this more with the presence of a community school with a population of about 3,975 students. These students during the break period move from one compound to another requesting for water to drink from people who have sunk private boreholes.”
“Thank God for MTN Foundation. Today, with this borehole, we can now fetch and drink water without begging.” No organization has carried out a project of this magnitude in this community.” He concluded.
The ‘What Can We Do Together’ initiative, which was launched in September 2015, during the 10th anniversary celebration of the MTN Nigeria Foundation, is aimed at giving 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 varying from Transformers, Boreholes, School Furniture and Medical Equipment Supply to Primary Health Care Centres.
Across Nigeria, a total of 200 communities were selected from a pool of over 80,000 nominations following a rigorous screening process. Through this process, 20 communities were selected to receive 500KVA transformers, 80 schools to receive sets of school furniture, 80 primary health care centres to receive modern medical equipment and another 20 communities to receive 650ft water boreholes. All the 200 projects have been successfully implemented in various communities across Nigeria.
See photos of the installed borehole below;