NEWSAN

About Society for Water & Sanitation

The Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN), a coordinating network of over 300 Civil Society Organisations, Non- Governmental Organisations and Community Based Organisations in water, sanitation and hygiene spread over six geopolitical zones of Nigeria. Our mandate is to ensure access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene facilities for all Nigerians.

This Is Being Achieved through Our Focus Areas Outlined below:

  1. Policy influencing, advocacy and communications
  2. Network capacity building and coordination for effective NEWSAN service delivery sector
  3. Research and knowledge sharing of best practice models for improved access to water, sanitation and hygiene
  4. Governance, Accountability and Transparency in NEWSAN sector
  5. Public Private Partnership towards achieving access to NEWSAN

A National Civil Society Consultative Meeting on Water and Sanitation was held from 3-4th December 2003 at the Conference Hall of Heinrich Boell Foundation (HBF) in Lagos. The meeting attracted over thirty-five participants from 16 Civil Society Organizations in Nigeria.

The meeting was convened to establish a collaborative Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation and strengthen their engagement in the water and sanitation sector in Nigeria. It was also to build the capacity of participants on the Presidential water initiative, examine the national policy on water and sanitation with a view to mainstreaming Civil Society Organisation (CSOs) activities towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals on water and sanitation as well as draw up a road map for improving water and sanitation services which guarantees their availability and accessibility.

At the end of the Lagos meeting a National Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN) was established. ANEEJ was designated as the National Secretariat and produced the National coordinator. Zonal coordinators drawn from the six geo-political zones were also elected to form the National Steering Committee.

Important Facts on Water & Sanitation

  • Over 1 billion people outside the United States do not have access to clean, safe drinking water.
  • 3.4 million people die each year from scarce and contaminated water sources.
  • Millions of women and children spend several hours each day collecting water from distant and polluted sources.
  • The time it takes to walk the average 3.7 miles for clean water is time not spent working at an income­-generating job, caring for family members, or attending school.
  • At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from diseases associated with lack of access to clean water.
  • Without it, survival is not possible. Yet, in 2018, more than 1 billion people still wake up each morning with zero access to clean water sources. This means that millions of vulnerable families around the world do not drink, cook, or bathe with clean water — a basic natural resource that we too often take for granted here at home.
  • Furthermore, there is a huge injustice in the developing world. For most rural schools and communities, access to clean water depends on outside NGOs (nonprofit organizations) purchasing or “giving” a well. However, there are millions of schools and communities that do not have access to nonprofit agencies or local government support. We must then ask ourselves: “How can we make water available for all?” Something must be done.

ATTAH BENSON
National Chairman

PRINCEWILL MORDI
Dpt. National Chairman

KELECHUKWU OKEZIE
General Secretary

ABDUS-SABUR OLIYIDE
Asst. General Secretary

ELIZABETH JEIYOL
Treasurer

ABIGAIL AIZBAMWAN
Financial Secretary

SHUAIBU MUSA
Publicity Secretary

BIBIAN AMA
Prog. Officer/national Secretariat

OUR PROFESSIONAL APPROACH TO SANITATION & HYGIENE:

 

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene promotion;

  1. Gender Mainstreaming;
  2. Equity and Inclusion;
  3. Budget Monitoring and Tracking;
  4. Environmental, Sanitation and Hygiene improvement;
  5. Monitoring and Evaluation.

BAD WATER AND POOR SANITATION ON WOMEN & CHILDREN

  1. Endure multiple bouts of malaria
  2. Drop out of school
  3. Become a child mother herself
  4. Be beaten, injured, and/or raped
  5. Suffer animal bites and countless infections.
  6. Avoidable Deaths