The Challenge

With a population of over 200 million, Nigeria is the largest country in Africa. It also has one of the fastest growing economies in West Africa. Its gross GDP quadrupled between 2005 and 2015. However, this rapid economic growth has not translated into rapid poverty reduction and thus the nation has been falling behind in the accumulation of physical and human capital, with poor access to Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services being a key factor (Molini et al. 2016). The country did not achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for water and sanitation. Only 61% of the citizens have access to improved water.

Our Approach

Tulsi Chanrai Foundation – Mission for Water Programme is focused on the concept of establishing Village Level Operation Maintenance (VLOM), and Water Quality Monitoring & Surveillance system of Drinking Water facilities across Nigeria.

The key components of VLOM strategy is formation of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Capacity Building of WASHCOMs on Preventive Maintenance, Water Quality Monitoring & Management of Water Sources, Identification and training of Local Area Mechanics, Creating and establishing linkages for Local Supply Chain mechanisms for spare parts, Advocacy and Linkages with Rural Water and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA) and Local Governments.

Maximizing the utilization of Government infrastructure thus saving unnecessary duplication and expense.

Our Programs

The Mission for Water Programme is spread across 187 Local Government Areas of 27 States in Nigeria. The key objectives are:
  1. Support in the establishment of an effective Village Level Operation and Maintenance (VLOM) and Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance (WQMS) system in the targeted communities and LGAs.
  2. Ensure availability of an adequate supply of fast-moving spare-parts and consumables and ensure business linkages between suppliers and Local Area Mechanics.
  3. Ensure community participation and facilitating gender mainstreaming in Planning, Implementation and Operation & Maintenance of water facilities.
  4. Enhance the capacities and technical skills of Local Area Mechanics and village level caretakers to implement, manage, and sustain the community-based water supply schemes.

Current Programs

Previous Programs