HUMANITY AFRICA AND BETTER LIFE FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE (HABRIN) is a non-governmental organization that spearhead’s developmental undertakings with focus on environmental management and capacity building in Nigeria in particular and Africa in general. The organization was established in 2015 to serve as a catalyst for community action and development by helping communities get involved in sustainable development. As part of fulfilling its mandate HABRIN has been training Sustainable Environment Champions (SEC’s) in communities through its mentorship and capacity building programs for young people in order to widen and strengthen its scope of environmental advocacy.
More so, as the activities of the organization are all geared towards making a difference locally, it acts as facilitator, advocate and agent of change by creating and promoting a stronger voice for the rural-urban poor, thus ensuring collective action, intervention and response at the community, state and national levels using a veritable feedback mechanism.
Currently, HABRIN’s activities have been domiciled in Nigeria. The country lies on the west coast of Africa and occupies approximately 923,768 square kilometres of land, stretching from the Gulf of Guinea on the Atlantic coast in the South, to the fringes of the Sahara Desert in the North.
It encompasses multiple climatic regimes and various ecological zones that influence the intensity of human activities and this has implications on waste generation patterns, environmental degradation and pollution. Importantly, with an estimated population of about 193 million people according to a 2016 estimate, Nigeria has witnessed a great leap in human population that has virtually doubled within the last 40 years! This rapid population growth without commensurate provision of infrastructure and services has led to poor urban development, increased slums, overstretched sanitary facilities, generation of enormous waste and poor disposal, rising incidences of disasters and general reduction in the quality of life of Nigerians.
Over the years, the poor environmental sanitation condition has contributed significantly to the high prevalence of communicable diseases in the country. Most of these diseases like malaria, cholera, typhoid, diarrhea, acute respiratory infections, tuberculosis and helminthic infections account for a substantial percentage of morbidity and mortality. Notwithstanding increased efforts by various successive governments aimed at improving public health and quality of life, basic health indicators have remained poor since the cycle of environment-related diseases remains unbroken.