Izwe Savings and Loans built a mechanised borehole water facility for students of Odortum/Poliwa Anglican Primary School in Upper Manya Krobo district of Ghana’s Eastern Region. The new water facility is complemented with an overhead water reservoir that supplies water to both the school and the community. The borehole water project was part of 10th anniversary CSR Impact projects of zwe Savings and Loans.
For several years, lack of access to potable drinking water affected teaching and learning for the more than 100 students of Odortum/Poliwa Anglican Primary School, leaving students to rely on untreated water. unhygienic water sources. Students of the school come from Poliwa, Kordunya and Kpertim. Each school day, after reporting to school, students (aged 4-12) walked 2km to fetch water from a stream for drinking and sanitary purposes. Izwe Savings and Loans intervened to alleviate the burden on the students and teachers by providing them access to clean water.
“The water situation has always been there. We must sometimes carry water from long distances to the school. What Izwe Savings and Loans has done for us means a lot to me and my friends. We can’t thank Izwe enough.”Daniela, a student at Poliwa Anglican Primary School
Headteacher of Poliwa Anglican Primary School Mr. Christian Tawiah agreed that the water situation affected academic work and students performance.
“They always spent a lot of time going to fetch water. This should not happen. During the dry season, school children would have to walk extra kilometres in search of water.”
Assemblyman for the area The situation does not only affect students’ work output but their health as well. Mr. Emmanuel Kwaku Asare observed that some children and adult residents of the community contracted waterborne bilharzia disease. He hoped that the new water facility will reduce the risk significantly.
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