Wednesday, 23 March 2011

1000 walk for water in Kara, Togo and present declaration to politicians

On World Water Day 1000 women, children and students from the local high schools and university came together to walk for water in the streets of Kara, the second largest town in Togo, in the northern part of the country. They demanded that their government provide drinking water for all and better sanitation services for the communities especially for schools.
 
ONG Jeunes Volontaires pour l'Environnement, Togo
1000 people joined the Walk for Water in Kara, Togo Photo credit: ONG Jeunes Volontaires pour l'Environnement


The walk ended at the central hall of the Palais des Congrès de Kara where political authorities were celebrating World Water Day. The walkers lobbied the politicians with slogans such as “Water is life”, “More toilets in schools” and “our rivers are not toilets”.  Campaigners read out their declaration called the Appeal of Kara in the hall in front of the Minister for Water and Sanitation, General Zakari Nandja and then presented him with a copy. The declaration calls on political authorities to make the right of water and sanitation a reality in Togo. The declaration ends with the simple and clear message; “We need water and toilets in our schools”.


ONG Jeunes Volontaires pour l'Environnement, Togo
Delivering the declaration. Photo credit: ONG Jeunes Volontaires pour l'Environnement

Water pollution is a significant problem in Togo especially in the rural areas where only 43% have access to clean water compared with 90% in urban areas. In addition 7 out of 10 people don’t have access to adequate toilet facilities and only 10% of people in rural areas have access to safe sanitation. Contamination of the water supply is a significant contributor to the spread of disease in Togo.
ONG Jeunes Volontaires pour l'Environnement, Togo
Photo credit: ONG Jeunes Volontaires pour l'Environnement

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