When intervention addresses pressing needs, the story tells itself

ZOA provides safe drinking water for IDPs in two communities of Maiduguri, Nigeria

Gongulong and Shuwari, two of the IDP host communities ZOA works in, are located in Old Maiduguri Ward, Maidugiri, Nigeria. Maiduguri hosts over 800,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) with 78% of this number living in host communities (IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) Round XV (June 2017). These IDPs fled their towns and villages as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency. Some lost their families and love ones; properties destroyed and now live in despair. There is no hope of returning home, instead, there continues to be new IDP arrivals due to continuous targeted bombing and killings by the insurgents.

The elevation of Maiduguri is 1,066 ft above sea level. Although other humanitarian organizations are involved in WASH activities, there still exist gaps in access to water. Distances to water points and beyond are far above recommended sphere standards. Community dwellers lack the resources and means to access sufficient and safe water. With funding from Christelijk Gereformeerde Kerk (CGK), ZOA is constructing/installing seven (7) water points (hand pumps = 5, motorized water system =2) in selected areas of these communities to increase the population’s access to quality and safe drinking water to more than 2,000 people. This will not only improve access to safe drinking water, but also contribute significantly to hygiene practices as water plays key roles in good hygiene practices. These are in addition to the construction of sanitary infrastructure and hygiene promotion/distribution of kits that ZOA is involved with under this project as an integrated approach to response.


Gongulong is 6km north of Maiduguri city with population estimated to be over 21,000 people which host over 10,000 IDPs. For the people of Gongulong, they can no longer wait for the completion of the motorized borehole due to pressing need for use of water. Seeing water coming out is like a dream come through. These people, both IDPs and host community members form long queue every day while contractors are carrying out flushing work to fetch water. When intervention addresses pressing needs, the story tells itself; thanks to Christelijk Gereformeerde Kerk (CGK).