Nigeria | In action since 2002
In the past eight years, lethal outbreaks of illnesses linked to lead poisoning have affected children, adults, livestock and birds in communities through northern Nigeria—a situation linked by investigators to lead produced as a byproduct of gold mining. Our Enactus Nigeria team sought to alleviate lead-related environmental hazards in Baggega—where more than 1,500 of 7,000 residents had died and crops and livestock worth more than $15,000 had been lost—by developing an affordable bio-filter to remove lead and other pollutants from underground water sources. Our team partnered with the National Research Institute for Chemical Technology, the Centre for Water and Environment Development and the Zamfara State Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Cooperatives to develop the filter and train community residents to produce and use it.
Impact(s): 750 people directly affected; 2,500 people indirectly affected; more than 3 businesses started; 2 tons of waste diverted; more than 127 job opportunities created; yearly cumulative of more than $4,759 generated in revenue
What’s next: Expansion to other communities in Zamfara State, throughout Nigeria and beyond; the Zamfara state government and the Centre for Water and Environment Development have signed a contract to replicate our technology in Bukyum and four other affected communities.
This project advances these key Global Goals:
Professor Mohammed. K. Aliyu
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Our proudest moment of the past year:
Seeing the smiles on the faces of the children in Baggega as we launched our Rural Water Hub, providing clean and potable drinking water to the community.
Biggest challenge from the past year:
Securing partnerships with local and state government to ensure sustainability.
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Elisabeth became involved with our Enactus Nigeria team one year ago, initially by creating billboards, posters and fliers about team activities. Her Enactus involvement “is the best thing that has happened to me as an undergraduate,” she says, and it’s helped her learn to balance team and academic obligations. “Time management has become a skill, as it has helped me prioritize activities so as to get the best out of everything,” says Elisabeth, a botany major who plans to graduate in October 2020.
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A friend introduced Peter to Enactus four years ago at university. As project co-coordinator, he says he relishes the considerable amount of time he’s devoted to the team: “From the rigor off having to get a team of [more than] 97 young, vibrant and energetic entrepreneurs in one venue to communicating the tasks at hand and establishing timelines and deadlines passionately and with much enthusiasm, for me every moment … is another step closer to achieving fulfilment in life,” he says. A mechanical engineering major, he plans to graduate in August 2018.
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