Water and sanitation are another basic right of IDPS and is provided for in the UN Guidelines and Principles. Although Principle 18 states that “all internally displaced persons have the right to an adequate standard of living. At the minimum, regardless of the circumstances, and without discrimination, competent authorities shall provide internally displaced persons with and ensure safe access to (a) … potable water; […] (d) … sanitation. IDPs encounter many problems as a result of the following:
Consequences of Lack of Water
Lack of sufficient potable water can endanger lives and health and pose a particular risk to groups vulnerable to dehydration, such as children and the chronically ill. Also even when water supplies exist, they may not be of sufficient quality to guarantee safe consumption.
To ensure the availability of a continuous supply of potable water in sufficient quantity and quality to provide for personal and domestic uses for both displaced and affected populations;
What we recommend
Each camp should have at least one functional borehole and each family provided with means to collect and preserve the water for home use.
What has been done
Life Builders Initiative is currently providing water for over 5000 inhabitants of Dagba community and 345 pupils of the School Without Walls, Camp David learning center, who have depended on stream water and shallow wells we have been providing. The borehole was dug in partnership with KhalaAid in partnership with one of our volunteer teachers, Miss Rosemary Ogede.