The Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) has formally launched its new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme – AFC Clean Water Campaign. The campaign, a staff-led initiative, aims at increasing access to clean water and improving health and sanitation in communities across Africa, in particular schools and orphanages.
The Clean Water Campaign provides access to clean water via a solar powered borehole, water treatment plant and storage tanks.
The corporation explained in statement that the initiative fully aligns with its objective to promote clean, sustainable methods of power generation where possible as it utilises renewable energy, particularly solar, as the major source of power – resulting in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and cost savings by replacing electricity from both the national grid and diesel and petrol generators.
The pioneer institution to benefit from the AFC’s clean water campaign is the Arrows of God Orphanage situated in Ajah, Lagos, which is home to 150 abandoned and homeless children. Founded by Rev. Lt. Col. D.C. Ogo (Rtd), the Orphanage was established and incorporated as a government registered charity organisation in January 1998, and was set up to help reduce poverty, suffering and distress afflicted upon children as a result of abandonment, death or lack of parental care.
At the inauguration of the project, President and CEO, AFC, Mr. Andrew Alli said: “Access to clean water is a fundamental human right, one we should all be able to enjoy. As well as being a huge barrier to social development and healthy living, it is also one of the chief restraints on economic growth; sub-Saharan Africa collectively loses around 40 billion hours per year collecting water.”