The stench hanging in the air was terrible; naked children running around looked like they needed urgent medical attention; flies buzzi ng on adults and children alike could make anyone want to turn back from the sour sight at Kwalita, a community thousands of miles away from civilisation.
Kwalita community in Gwagwalada Local Government Area council of the FCT is just like every other rural community scattered in the various parts of the country however, the odd thing about this community and environs is that, they are in the Federal Capital Territory yet, totally cut off from all forms of civilisation.
With about 56 minutes’ drive to Gwagwalada, the nearest point of access to all forms of social amenities, healthcare and education by these villagers is a town called Dobi, 38 minutes’ drive away.
On a bumpy ride from Dobi to kwalita, Ipledge2nigeria had discovered that aside the rough terrain; villages in that environment all suffer the same fate including gully erosion during the rainy seasons.
With a small population of no fewer than 400 adults and children, these villagers do not have access to portable water, electricity, healthcare facilities, telecommunication or quality education.
About six villages to and after Kwalita survive on stream water which could easily pass as urine with lots of particles unlike portable water which is usually clean and colourless. Visiting the stream, IP2N discovered not only was it a source of water for domestic usage including cooking and drinking, but it was also home to cattle, fish, frogs and a host of other impurity agents.