The Africa Heartwood Project, a US nonprofit, with the support of its donors, built borehole water facilities for seven rural communities in Ghana. The US$35,000 (GH₵185,500 )-projects were executed with the generous support of Friends of Africa Heartwood, Cocoa Community Project, Michael Foundation and the Planet Therapy, all based in the United States.

The project was implemented by Action Against Rural Poverty (AARP), a Ghanaian partner based in Agona Swedru. The project’s goal is to provide access to potable water in beneficiary rural communities in the wake of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Beneficiary communities included Kankamkrom, Abura Oframoase and Twerenyame communities in the Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese District of Ghana’s Central Region and Botwe, Akyem Oframoase, Agyei Ekura and Dwendaama communities in the Asene-Manso-Akroso District of Ghana’s Eastern Region.

Prior to the construction of the borehole water facilities, residents of beneficiary communities relied on untreated water from streams and other water sources, which exposed residents to the risk of water borne diseases. On a daily basis, school children hassled to find water for use by households. Dry seasons were worse. Locals walked hours in search of water.  The construction of boreholes for these rural communities therefore provides significant relief to residents and helps to improve the quality of life in these communities.

A statement from CEO of Africa Heartwood Project Mr. Andy Jones said the nonprofit’s vision was to see rural communities having access to potable water to improve residents’ standard of living. Mr. Jones noted that water was a basic necessity of life and must be readily available especially, to the rural poor. Mr. Jones reiterated Africa Heartwood’s mandate to increase access to water supply to rural residents by continuing to solicit donor support to build more borehole water infrastructure for rural communities across Ghana.

Mr. Jones called on residents of beneficiary communities to ensure proper care and regular maintenance of the water infrastructure so the facilities could run their full life courses to serve future generations. He observed that the completion of the projects had come at a time when access to potable water was recognized as essential in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

District Chief Executive for Asene-Manso-Akroso District Mr. Alex Incoom thanked the donors and project partners for their assistance, noting that without their support, it would have taken the District Assembly a longer time to mobilize resources to provide beneficiary communities with water. Speaking on behalf all beneficiary residents, Mr. Kwasi Assad of Abura Oframoase and Mr. Kwasi Nyame thanked the donors for coming to the aid of the beneficiary communities.

CEO of AARP Ms. Gladys Yamoah thanked the Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese District Assembly and the Asene-Manso-Akroso District Assembly for supporting the speedy completion of the projects. Ms. Yamoah said AARP had worked with its partners to build 36 borehole water facilities in rural communities since 2007. She said AARP would continue to work with its partners to increase access to water for under-served communities Ghana.

Credits: | Gilbert Mawuli Agbey