Clean water for better education outcomes in Isi-Uzo Local Government Area

Amanyi Stream
Image: WaterAid/Solomon Fran

Neke is one of the major communities in Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State. Neke is an agrarian community where the inhabitants are mostly peasant farmers and it is made up of five villages. The major source of water for the community is the Amanyi Stream, which is usually muddy during the rainy season and has at various times in the past led to the outbreak of water-borne diseases. The topography of the area has made groundwater less readily accessible, and where accessible, it is usually contaminated with coal deposits.

Ojobor Robinson Ikechukwu, 35, a teacher at the Community Primary School, talks about the impact clean water has had on the students.

RAIN project

The only source of water for our students before this project was the Amanyi Stream, which is approximately 20-minutes walk from the school. The students had a roaster for fetching water from the stream before the intervention. Thankfully, that has changed with the rehabilitation of the hand pump at the primary school. Students and teachers can come out conveniently and get clean drinking water for drinking. Access to clean water has changed everything.”