Gosa Kpanyi Borehole Project 2019
“Our women and children have suffered enough because of water. This is the first borehole in our community for everyone” ~ Community Youth Leader
About Gosa Kpanyi Kpanyi Community
Kpanyi Kpanyi is famous for the Upah River which serves as a source of water for most of the community members. Some of the inhabitants still live in mud houses. The major sources of livelihood are farming and cassava processing into starchy balls popularly called “Akpu’. The common language is Tiv.
WhyKpanyi Kpanyi Community
The community Chief concerned about the well-being of the people, published an article in the Abuja Metro newspaper on the 9th of May 2018 titled “Kpany Kpanyi: Abuja’s jungle settlement…where residents, cattle drink from the same river”.
Miss Ifeanacho Chetachi Daniela, a National Youth Service Corps Member and the Deputy Governor of the Sustainable Development Goals, CDS (Community Development Service) Group identified the needs of the community and approached Hope Spring for Sponsorship. After conducting needs assessment and meetings with the community leaders, the project site was mapped with the Chief’s permission and consultation with a site surveyor.
A local drilling company was employed to execute the project. A unit 5” diameter UPVC hand pump borehole was drilled to a depth of 60M and an Indian mark II hand pump was installed. The borehole was developed using compressed air until the water became clear of sediment. The physiochemical characteristics of the water as carried out to ascertain the water quality before handing it over to the community for use.
The project was sponsored by Hope Spring Water Charity Foundation and supported by Haske Foundation.
Launching of the project
According to the Country Director, Mr Temple Oraeki, represented by Miss Damilola Aderanti, “No one values water better than someone who has experienced water scarcity”. He advised the community member to maintain the borehole so as to serve the needs of the future generation and urged serving corps member to emulate the actions of Miss Ifeanacho Chetachi Daniela by working to achieve the Sustainable development Goals.
The community members showed up with buckets and bowls eager for borehole to be commissioned. The Chief and the women leader were full of gratitude to the sponsors and partners of the project stating that it was one of a kind and will serve the community well. Finally, the youth leader expressed sadness over lives lost in the river and was happy that it didn’t have to happen again.