RightCom Technologies through its CSR 2018 program is engaged in a major action for humanity: the right to water.
2.1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water.
Today, 2.1 billion people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water. Of these 2.1 billion people, 844 million do not even benefit from a basic service of drinking water supply. Of these, 263 million live more than 30 minutes from the first water point and 159 million continue to drink untreated surface water from streams or lakes. RightCom is committed to providing drinking water to the poorest under its CSR 2018 program (Corporate Social Responsibility).
In Katagon (Benin), a district of the municipality of Akpro-Missérété located 10km from Porto-Novo (the political capital), the only source of water nearest is a marigot. This extremely polluted and unhealthy water point causes diseases that are deadly for the inhabitants.
Water is a powerful vector of human development and social organization. Without access to drinking water, no economic development is possible. More importantly, access to water depends on access to health, education and women’s autonomy. This universal right enshrined in the United Nations is essential in the fight against poverty because it is an essential step for other objectives concerning health, education, gender equality and sustainable development.
Recent debates on the effectiveness of development aid show more than ever how critical it is to act intelligently to ensure equitable access to water on the African continent. As part of its philanthropic program to fight against poverty, RightCom Technologies engages with the poorest people to guarantee them permanent access to drinking water because too many people still do not have access to these services, especially in rural areas.
The lack of access to drinking water has a directly quantifiable negative impact on the lives of millions of men but especially women around the world.
It has been proven that the lack of access to drinking water has a directly quantifiable negative impact on the lives of millions of men but especially women around the world. Lack of water, poor quality and poor sanitation have a negative impact on food security, livelihoods and educational opportunities for poor families around the world, especially for women and girls who have to fetch water. Every day, millions of women and girls walk several kilometers to get water, reinforcing the vicious cycle of inequality and poverty. In some parts of the world, girls are progressively getting out of school because they have to help their mothers fetch water several kilometers from where they live.
A water drilling to save lives
In Benin, access to water is recognized as a fundamental right. The country has made great progress in achieving Goal 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Ensuring access for all to water and sanitation and ensuring management sustainable water resources.
However, there is still a large part of the population that lacks this fundamental right. In order to substantially increase the rate of access to drinking water, RightCom co-financed in 2017 via the Wannou Foundation, the installation of a new water drilling in the district of Katagon.
The idea of financing this drilling solves the problems of drinking water encountered on the African continent. In Katagon, access to drinking water by the population was a real challenge: the only available water source was contaminated by bacteria, viruses, metals and thus had negative impacts on the health of the population and especially children. The construction of this water drilling has had a positive impact on the lives of local women, children and men.
The district reached 100% access to drinking water, whereas a few years earlier the rate was still below 5%
In conclusion, thanks to the mobilization around this project, the village reached 100% access to drinking water, whereas a few years earlier the rate was still below 5%. The construction of the drilling makes it possible to reduce by 50% the number of cases of diarrheal diseases affecting in most cases the children. Then, access to clean water had a positive impact on girls’ access to education. The project will also promote the development of local businesses and give them economic power.
For several years, RightCom Technologies has been working with long-term project promoters who propose sustainable solutions in the fight against poverty. Since its creation, the company has broadened its involvement in many projects in favor of more inclusive access to water, health and education for the most disadvantaged populations. The goal is to ensure by 2030 for every inhabitant of the African continent, universal and equitable access to drinking water.