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Sierra Leone Business: Ecobank reaches for clean, safe drinking water

Universal access to safe drinking water is a fundamental need and human right. Securing access for all would go a long way in reducing illness and death, especially among children.
“Since 2000, 1.4 billion people have gained access to basic drinking water services, such as piped water into the home or a protected dug well. In 2015, 844 million people still lack a basic water service and among them almost 159 million people still collected drinking water directly from rivers, lakes and other surface water sources.” says United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
In an effort to help address the challenge of accessing clean and safe drinking water in Freetown, EcoBank Sierra Leone over the weekend donated eight 5,000ml water tanks to schools in Freetown.
The donation of the water tanks to eight vulnerable schools in the municipality according to Aina Moore, Managing Director, Ecobank is part of the fifth celebrations of Ecobank day through needs assessment in the various schools.
With the theme “safe water, healthy living” Moore underscored the importance of water to the survival and development of children.
Moore continued that without water, the lives of children are at the risk stating that most diseases common among children are related to water and sanitation challenge.
Ecobank she noted strives at improving the living standard of people especially in communities they exist, adding that since the establishment of Ecobank Day, the bank has undertaken development steps in addressing most common challenges.
Malaria prevention, education, health and healthy environment she added are some areas that the bank has been working on during its several celebrations and as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility.
Referring Eco bank as a responsible cooperate citizen that doesn’t only aim at taking away from the people but support in improving the living standard of Sierra Leoneans, head teacher, Henry Ferguson Secondary School, Freetown, commended the bank for their generous contribution in promoting the wellbeing of thousands of children in the respective schools.
Access to clean and safe drinking water is a huge challenge in most schools the head teacher pointed out, and the effort by Ecobank in reaching vulnerable children with clean water will not only help promote the wellbeing but also push the holistic development of the country.
Christopher Forster, Chair of Ecobank Board of Director, while deliberating on the connection between water, education and development also encouraged the various schools to handle the facility with care.
The over population in Freetown and its pressure on the water system, Forster said requires such undertaking which he noted is a timely gesture.
By Sylvia Villa
Monday December 11, 2017.

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