Cowbell, in collaboration with World Vision, has commissioned two boreholes at Denkyira West district of the Central Region as part of the company’s Impacting Lives campaign for sustainable and value-oriented actions for deprived communities.
The projects are under the company’s flagship initiative to provide potable water for thousands of residents at Amoaman and New Denkyira West.
Cowbell says the aim is to address lack of access to safe and clean water in deprived communities.
Eight of the 20 boreholes to be constructed have already been completed and handed over to beneficiary communities.
Managing Director for Promasidor Ghana Limited, Festus Tettey, says the value of water cannot be overemphasized and should not be taken for granted.
“But how do the thousand communities lacking access to safe drinking water appreciate the value of water,” he inquired.
According to him, the COVID-19 pandemic creates an incentive for everyone to have access to clean and safe water.
Mr. Tettey is however concerned about how illegal mining has polluted water bodies that have served communities in the past.
As producers of high-protein powdered milk, the company states the nutritional value of Cowbell cannot be achieved if water for the product is not clean and safe.
“Commissioning of these boreholes forms part of activities to recognize milk as an important food in our meals especially that of children,” he said.
Though, the Cowbell initiative is far from meeting the demands of millions of Ghanaians who don’t have access to safe clean drinking water. Mr Tettey points out that it is a step in the right direction.
Technical Program Manager for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene at World Vision Ghana called on the government and corporate organizations to join the initiative.
Robel Wamisho says the availability of safe drinking water for communities to reduce the incidence of water borne diseases is everyone’s responsibility.
According to Mr. Wamisho, access to clean, safe water makes life easier and less difficult for children and women.
Upper Denkyira West District Director of Education, Betty Smith, commended Cowbell for the intervention, but called for the same support for other schools in the district.
“This should never be the first or last. We have other needs in other schools in the district so we open our doors to welcome any other assistance,” she said.
Residents are pleased that the water situation has finally been addressed. School children would no longer depend on polluted water.
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