Make it flow

We use many different channels to raise awareness of water, sanitation and hygiene issues. One of the most effective is radio, which is popular in many of the countries where we work.

Make e flow (Make it flow) is a new radio drama series from WaterAid Nigeria. The show is recorded in Pidgin English, spoken widely in the country, cutting across ethnic and socio-economic divides and ensuring its messages have the maximum reach and impact.

You can listen to all 13 episodes of Make e flow here as they are broadcast.

Episode one: Weh Abu
Abu and his classmates are always late to school because they have to walk a long distance to collect clean water. Their teachers always send them away for coming late. Abu’s father complains to the principal about his son’s frequent lateness blaming it on the lack of water in the community and they both set up a group to meet with the Chairman of the community to tell him about the problems they face due to lack of water. The chairman then assures them that a borehole will be installed in the community.
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Episode two: Mama Speak for Us
The women have to go to a neighbouring community to collect water and are never involved in the community development meetings. In these meetings different priorities are discussed, none of which is the need for water in the community. However this need is addressed when the committee decides to involve the women in decision making. After the taps are provided, they decide to take turns to fetch a certain amount of water every day to help prevent wastage.
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Episode three: Drink Am First
The people of the community are never coordinated when it comes to fetching water from the borehole and keeping their environment clean. A few are also intimidated by a construction worker who gives the impression that he has more need for the water than every other person in the community. However this problem is solved when a well respected man in the community creates a timetable and makes them strictly adhere to it.
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Episode four: Once a month
Veronica, a teenage girl, is forced to leave school because the school has no good toilets and she has no privacy during her period. She tells her elder sister who reports to the school authority. The school then realises that that’s the reason why girls’ attendance is generally affected and they decide to build latrines, provide clean water and educate the girls weekly on menstrual hygiene.
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Episode five: My Thing Our Thing
The government provides a borehole for the community and when it stops working, the people refuse to repair it because they believe it is not their responsibility. Due to lack of water they start practising open defecation and drinking water from a nearby stream which affects the health of one of the children who is just about 5 years old. The Chairman visits the people to encourage them to take responsibility for managing the services provided by the government. He also tells them how their nonchalant attitude almost led them to lose the 5 year old boy.
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Episode six: Na My Enemy Dem
Abe and his girlfriend are HIV positive. His girlfriend, who comes to stay with him often, maintains good hygiene practises despite the scarcity of water in the community. Abe and his mother are not so keen on hygiene, and drinking clean water which eventually causes him to fall very sick and lose his life to HIV.
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Episode seven: No Money Sir
Mfom’s parents cannot afford to pay his school fees because their various businesses are affected by lack of water in the community. The ice block company where his father works closes down and the mother’s market business fails because she spends too much time collecting water from a distance and loses her customers. The youth corps members in the village also complain about spending too much money buying water and they decide to come together to end the crisis by speaking to the government and a development organisation who provided three boreholes. Mama Mfom now has a good business; her husband now owns an ice block business and Mfom doesn’t have to miss school either because he’s helping his mother at the market or because his school fees are not paid.
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Episode eight: ODF
Mama Uche loses her son, Uche, to dysentery and Veronica’s fiancé almost breaks off their engagement because of the open defecation practice in their community. Some visitors from the city intervene by giving them a practical example of how defecating in the open contaminates water sources and how it directly affects their health. They also learn firsthand and through the experience of others about the shame and indignity of open defecation.
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Episode nine: Think about us
Cletus and his friend Bala are both persons living with disabilities. They were invited for a fundraising event to build the community centre. When they see that the model for the community centre is planned in a way that does not take their needs into consideration, they both decide to speak up about the need for people living with disabilities to be involved in the community’s plans because they already find it difficult to survive as it is. The people apologise and assure Cletus and Musa that people living with disabilities will be considered in planning and implementation starting with the building of the community centre.
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Episode ten: She victim
Stella and her family just relocated to a community that has no water and toilets and are forced to go long distances through dangerous terrain to collect water and defecate in the bushes. They also do not practise good hygiene which caused an outbreak of cholera in the community. They learn the importance of access to safe water, adequate sanitation and hygiene after Stella is attacked by a man who almost raped her in the bush when she went to defecate there. The community nurse helps them realise how they expose themselves to danger by going to the bush and by not maintaining good hygiene practices, so they decide to contribute money to build toilets and install a borehole in the compound.
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Episode eleven: Were-Ido
The landlord locks the household latrine and tells his tenants to go to the bushes because the water sources are dry. They community blames the dry streams on women based on the belief that if a woman visits the stream, well or borehole while she’s having her period, the water goes dry. The community tries to find a way to appease their gods, until a youth corps member visits and tells them about climate change and how environmental habits may have affected the climate. The government provides two boreholes and the people contribute money to buy tanks to use for saving water.
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Episode twelve: See potty and die
There’s conspiracy at the market place! Mama Samaila and her fellow market people practice bad hygiene and open defecation and when the community Chairman threatens to close down the market, they all decide not to vote for him for his second term. However she and the people around her become less ignorant when Samaila suffers from diarrhoea, so they gather the community people and teach them about the 5 Fs - Fields, Fingers, Flies, Faeces, Food.
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Episode thirteen: Dangerous connection
Junior suffers from diarrhoea, gets wounded on the leg and plays in dirty stagnant water. His mother practices very bad hygiene and his parents leave his wound untreated. When he is finally taken to the hospital, a guinea worm infection is diagnosed leaving him with a permanently bad leg.
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