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Nigeria: Faith in the Future

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When conflict killed around 200 people in Jos, Nigeria in 2008, we sent emergency funds to our church partners.

The Archdiocese of Jos was already tackling one key area of tension – lack of water

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Nigeria: Faith in the Future

  1. 1. Faith in the future When conflict killed around 200 people in Jos, Nigeria last year, we sent emergency funds to our church partners. The Archdiocese of Jos was already tackling one key area of tension – lack of water.
  2. 2. <ul><li>There is only one decent water source in Kwai – an old water pump. In the dry season, water drips slowly from it. </li></ul><ul><li>Night and day, women and children queue. Many bring their babies with them in the scorching heat. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Each woman marks her place with a brightly coloured container or jerry can. </li></ul><ul><li>Most expect to be in line for at least six hours. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>For those who don’t want to queue, the only alternative is a muddy stream that often runs dry. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Halima used to rely on this pump and stream for all her family’s water needs . Sometimes she’d even sleep there overnight. “My husband was not happy about this, but I had no choice,” she says. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>“ There are families here who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Because of lack of water we fight each other. </li></ul><ul><li>“ This creates bad feeling between Muslim and Christian people and disharmony in the community. </li></ul><ul><li>“ But what has water got to do with religion?” </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>“ In this village, the most valuable commodity to share is water, regardless of our faith,” Halima explains. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Now during the rainy season we have so much water in our tank that we can share it with our neighbours. Some are Christian and it is helping build relations between us.” </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>“ The project even fitted a rainwater tank on to the roof of our mosque. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Sharing water with my Christian neighbours has helped us become friends. </li></ul><ul><li>“ I see change happening.” </li></ul>
  9. 9. What your money can buy <ul><li>£100 buys a water filter </li></ul><ul><li>£425 buys a ventilated latrine </li></ul><ul><li>£1,585 buys a rainwater tank </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you for supporting our work </li></ul>cafod.org.uk/nigeria Photography: Simon Rawles, Bridget Burrows, Father Bill Kemmy Registered charity no. 285776

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