AIESEC in Nigeria; We CARE.

Illiteracy is by far the greatest vector of water borne disease. We are committed to eradicating it.

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I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria, and based on its description, I am eligible to apply to the CSV Prize 2017.

  • Yes, I'm eligible

Preferred language

  • English

Organization name

AIESEC in Nigeria.

Year founded

1961

Initiative stage

  • Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $1k - $10k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 10 - 50

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • Nigeria

Headquarters location: City

Lagos

Location(s) of impact

Nigeria : Ile-Ife

Website

http://wecare.strikingly.com/

Facebook URL

https://www.facebook.com/AIESECNigeria/

Twitter URL

https://twitter.com/aiesecnigeria?lang=en

Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

We believe the greatest vector of water borne diseases is illiteracy. Unsafe water practices and poor sanitation can only be tackled effectively when communities realize the harm the cause.
 So besides providing access to clean water sources, our project primarily seeks to educate individuals about proper water hygiene and safe water practices. Communities that aware of how to prevent WBDs are more driven to sustain their clean water sources.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

Our solution not only involves providing new sources of water for communities in need, but also and more importantly to educate as many individuals as possible within the community on the dangers of improper water sanitation.
The AIESEC team volunteers will also campaign within schools to ensure that children learn basic hand sanitation and clean toilet etiquette.
The AIESEC model uses global volunteers to execute projects, these young people bring their experience from their own countries and share their own stories. But more importantly the leave with a sense of global citizenship and the need to replicate the leadership they have gained here back home in their own communities.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

So far, We Care has reached out to the Iyanfoworogi community in Ife, Ogun state. We were able to speak to the community leaders, inspect the current source of water in the community and held teaching seminars on safe water habits and prevention of water borne diseases. the community has been ear marked to receive a new clean water tap.

The AIESEC team had an interactive session with over twenty members of the community, through our interpreters and the few members able to speak English we we realized that most of them did not realize the hazards their contaminated water posed to them and the absence of a major cholera out break has only been forestalled by mere luck.
Many reported cases of their young children suffering from stomach pains and running stool but attributed the cause to their age and weak stomachs. Sensitization of this community is currently underway

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

This project is currently funded by
1) individual donations 90%
2) Other 10%

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

Our goal at AIESEC is peace, and the fulfillment of mankind's potential. A a youth run organization,all our projects directly impact young people, because we believe young people are the key to unlock a better future.Our projects are open to volunteers from the global community through our EXPA platform, which spans 127 countries allowing for shared knowledge from all our volunteers. This project, is not just solving a water problem in Ile-ife, this project can solve a water problem everywhere.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

Estimates say that as many as 57 million people lack access to clean water in Nigeria, 130 million lack access to proper sanitation and roughly 60,000 children die yearly from diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. And these figures are expected to keep rising if nothing is done. So as part of our 2020 vision and contribution to the SDGs we challenged ourselves with coming up with a solution to this crisis. We hope to expand the Ile-ife project to cover more of our 18 local committee branches in Nigeria.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Upon recommendation from others

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Photo of Arianna De Mario

Hi Cecil, great initiative, education is key to any long-term improvement!
It would be great to have a concrete example of how these educational activities foster actual behavioural change in the communities you work with: Do you measure and track how improved education translates into a reduction of water-related diseases?

Photo of cecil jones

Hey Arianna,
our project was in its pilot stage when we filled this form.
So far we've actually noted changes among the residents of our pilot community simply because to a large extent, they had never learned any of the basic health and hygiene practices most people take as standard.

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