Residents of Kuro Village in Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State are celebrating a significant milestone as they bid farewell to over a century of struggling to fetch water from distant streams. The cause for their joy is a solar-powered borehole generously provided by the LG-Rhythms Foundation.
The unveiling of the water project, which took place over the weekend, marked the end of a longstanding challenge for the Kuro community, who had endured the arduous task of sourcing water from streams located approximately two miles away. Village Head Zakariyahu Magaji expressed his gratitude, emphasizing that this was the first-ever portable and clean water supply system in the village’s more than 100 years of existence.
Before the intervention, the residents had to journey to Yantomu and Eleyo rivers, sharing these water sources with livestock, including cows. During the dry season, they resorted to digging the rivers to secure water, as the water sources often ran dry. Magaji stated, “We don’t know these people; we were surprised at their generosity towards us. God answered our prayers through them, and we thank them most sincerely.”
Imam Olaoti Kuro added that the positive impact of the water project would extend beyond Kuro Village, benefiting at least five neighboring communities that also lacked access to potable water. These communities, namely Olori, Aiyetoro, Onisapa, Owode, Kondo-Oke, and Kondo-Isale, are home to diverse ethnic groups, including Yoruba, Fulani, Tiv, Udoma, and Igbos, all engaged in agriculture.
Hajia Fatimah Dikko, a representative of the Elites Network for Sustainable Development (ENetSuD), a Kwara-based anti-corruption civil society organization, expressed gratitude to the LG-Rhythms Foundation for their invaluable contribution to the community. Dikko highlighted the broader issue of water scarcity in Kwara, stating that over 500 communities still share water sources with livestock, especially in Asa and Moro.
In response, Dr. Titus Ale, the Founder of LG-Rhythms Foundation, attributed the success of the water project to divine intervention. He emphasized the foundation’s commitment to making a positive impact on communities, stating, “As friends who came together to form an NGO, we don’t only come together to celebrate every year but also ensure we make people happy. It is our utmost fulfillment that we are able to make an impact on the people of this village.”