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

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.
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.
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