Water is a basic requirement for nutritional needs, sanitation and hygiene, health and education. When young girls at Saker Baptist College (SBC), lack this basic need, their lives are endangered, not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally. Their environment becomes a breeding ground for diseases and it negatively impacts their health and educational outcomes.
According to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #6 established by the General Assembly in 2015, there is a need to "Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all" Experts have pointed out that people who lack water and sanitation also tend to be affected by other forms of poverty, including, poor health, low levels of education and income.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the critical importance of sanitation, hygiene and adequate access to clean water for preventing and containing diseases. Hand hygiene saves lives. According to the World Health Organization, hand washing is one of the most effective actions you can take to reduce the spread of pathogens and prevent infections, including the COVID-19 virus. Yet billions of people still lack safe water and sanitation, and the funding is inadequate". Read more
What started as a routine project for ExSSA USA has emerged as an emergency due to COVID-19. ExSSA-USA is currently working on a feasibility study to examine SBC's current water source for adequacy in terms of quantity, quality and appropriate engineering controls, with a plan to address the findings of that study and providing lasting solutions to the water problems at Saker Baptist College.
Addressing the water needs is the first step to addressing other sanitation and hygiene needs on the campus. Renovations of existing buildings or construction of new facilities will never provide their full benefits and create the desired impact in the absence of adequate water. For these reasons, we are launching an aggressive campaign to source funding to complete this project. We cannot do this without our donors and patron who support our mission to "Empower Women and Girls".