World Water Day 2019: This community is left behind



By Hope Orivri
The 2019 theme for the World Water Day celebration says “No one is left behind." But this is far from being correct when you see the condition of this community. 
Access to safe water is poor. So, this little boy(in the video clip) like many others in this community in Urban Lagos,Nigeria, has to come around and sit for hours trying to help themselves to some water from a dismantled water pipe. 

This is actually common sight in many other urban communities where young children have to seek for water before they go to school or when they are back from school.

This leaves concerns if Nigeria and many other African countries would be able to meet the United Nation's 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, including access to safe water, particularly to such informal settlements.

Celebrating the world water day aims to call attention to the need for safe water supply and management. Of course, water plays very vital role in the day-to-day activities of families, as they use water for washing, cooking, bathing and cleaning the home.

Officially assigned to be marked on March 22, the world water day initiative is meant to focus on clean water supply without depriving anyone, irrespective of if they be young or old.

Looking at the provisions of the Sustainable Development Goals #6 “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all,” communities should have access to clean water and sanitation. It is indeed, not the case for this community where the little boy in the video lives with many others like him.

Besides the SDG #6, goals number #3 and #11 are highly compromised in a situation where the people lack access to fresh water. Healthy living will be greatly challenged and the people are obviously not included in the proposed good for the larger society.

This community and many others like it needs help, and your support to them in very little ways can begin the desired change.