Months after the pioneer class of NVCF in which CEO of Connected Development spoke about Advocacy in Nation building, Several of the New Voices Citizens Fellows have started working on various projects in their communities.
One of them is Ladoke Akintola University of Technology student (Lautech) student, Oke-Baatimo Olajumoke who is a SDG enthusiast and big advocate of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene).
She is very passionate about humanity and how we can come together to solve problems. she considers herself a nation builder, a social influencer and a change accelerator. Her aim is to build a society whose core values rests on the shoulders of fairness, gender equity, equity, social justice, transparency, good governance, good health and integrity. My thematic areas focus on SDG3 and SDG6. She is also interested in Public health and I believe that a society that is free and fair to all is a society that is One for all.
Her New Voices Project is focused on ensuring the availability of a hygienic and accessible water system in my community and it is tagged; Water for Apena.
Apena is a community that is located in Orolu Osun state. It has 6villages and a total population of about 300people including women and children. The water consumed by these people is a stagnant, muddy, and dirty water which causes diarrhoea in the children and some terminal diseases in the adults. Election materials can get to this village but a basic necessity like water cannot.
She is advocating for WASH -water, sanitation and hygiene in the community as clean water is a human right and water is essential to life but many have to walk long distances to find a water source. Others have to wait in long lines and pay large percentages of their income to secure any water at all.
She is working to engage the government of Osun state to provide clean water for this community.