When needs are pressing, a church stands up: a story

ZOA provides safe drinking water for IDPs in Maiduguri

Gongulong and Shuwari, two of the IDP host communities ZOA works in, are located in Old Maiduguri Ward, Maidugiri, Nigeria. In June 2017, Maiduguri hosts over 800,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) with 78% of this number living in host communities. 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. The needs are pressing. 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. A Dutch church reponds to the needs. With funding from Christelijk Gereformeerde Kerk (CGK), ZOA is able to construct seven water points to increase the population’s access to quality and safe drinking water to more than 2,000 people.


Seeing water is like a dream come true
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 true. 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).