July 10, 2024

Rector Cares partners foundation to empower Abia  community

Rector Cares partners foundation to empower Abia  community

By Benjamin Njoku

Rector Cares Foundation in collaboration with the Poul Due Jensen Foundation/Grundfos, is embarking on a transformative project to empower over 5,000 residents in the Ibeku Community, Abia State.

This impactful initiative addresses critical challenges faced by the community, paving the way for a brighter and more sustainable future.

Ibeku Community grapples with severe water scarcity, food insecurity, and limited educational opportunities. A staggering 80% of the population lacks access to clean water, and Ibeku High School, serving over 1,500 students, struggles with inadequate infrastructure.

According to Onyedikachi Erete, founder of Rector Cares Foundation, the project will ensure sustainable access to the local healthcare facility, promoting better hygiene and sanitation practices within the community. Additionally, Erete said, it will introduce low-scale irrigation systems to bolster local farming, enhancing food security and mitigating the effects of erratic rainfall patterns and extended droughts.

Through the project, he added, Ibeku High School will witness significant upgrades to its Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) facilities.

 Also, the project champions menstrual hygiene management by installing Period Dignity Dispensers in the school’s restrooms. This initiative directly addresses the challenges faced by female students, fostering their well-being and dignity, and enabling them to fully participate in their education.

“By providing access to clean water, improved education, and resources for food security, this project will empower residents to reach their full potential and build a thriving future for themselves and generations to come. Aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in good health, quality education, and clean water we are committed to creating lasting change in communities like Ibeku.

“This collaborative project between Rector Cares Foundation and Poul Due Jensen Foundation/Grundfos aims to provide comprehensive solutions to these pressing issues. The partnership will include the installation of solar-powered water solutions, granting 5,000 residents access to clean water, which will positively impact healthcare, local agriculture, and hygiene and sanitation levels at the school.

“Through the installation of Period Dignity Dispensers and promoting menstrual hygiene management practices, the project aims to empower female students and enhance their well-being, ensuring their uninterrupted participation in educational activities,” Erete said.

Speaking further,  he noted, the project will refurbish and equip an ICT training hub at Ibeku High School, fostering an environment that cultivates innovation and entrepreneurial skills among students. Grundfos staff will volunteer their time to mentor and inspire young minds, helping to identify and nurture talented individuals.

This remarkable partnership between Rector Cares Foundation and Poul Due Jensen Foundation/Grundfos signifies a significant step towards achieving sustainable development in Ibeku Community.