Traditional Leader with a difference!

Water and Sanitation

Traditional Leader with a difference!

My People need safe drinking water & we are equal to the Task – Traditional Leader

The Traditional Leader of  Zadawa in Misau LGA of Bauchi State, Malam Ibrahim Maiangwa, showed how important the WASH Project is to his community recently when he personally led the step-down training on hand pump repair

 held in his community under the supervision of WOFAN and the technical WASH committee.The Village Head did not only participate in the training, he led the actual repair of the faulty borehole in the community after the training.

 Community members had been trained by  WOFAN on hand pump maintenance and repair at the beginning of the project in Bauchi and Sokoto states in 2010 and 2011 respectively. One year after the training, step-down and refresher training sessions were then organized at community level to  refresh the skills acquired by community members who participated in the first hand pump maintenance and repair training and expand community knowledge base by training more community members who did not participate in the original training.


It was at one of such training sessions organized at Zadawa Maternity Clinic in Misau LGA of Bauchi State that the Village Head took the lead in learning hand pump repair and subsequently repairing the water point at the clinic.

By leading other community members to learn hand pump repair and also leading them to repair a faulty hand pump in the community, the Village Head is not only leading by example, he is laying a solid foundation for the sustainability of the WASH Project in the community.

 With the Village Head able and willing to repair the water point, access to safe drinking water is guaranteed and sustainability of the project is assured. 

Mothers and children happily regain access to safe drinking water when the faulty borehole was repaired.

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