World Vision Ghana has provided mechanised water systems to three rural communities in the Krachi West District of the Oti Region. 

The project which was financed with over $130,000 provided by private donors in South Korea would benefit about 7,300 residents. 

A mechanized water system with 12 fetching points was constructed in the Twereso and Monkra communities, while an existing borehole was mechanized and provided 3 extra fetching points in Abujuro. The facility is powered by a solar power system.

Part of the funds was also used to construct a 4-seater latrine at the Ntewusae Basic School for use by the students and staff. 

The World Vision Southern Regional Operations Manager, Joshua Baidoo indicated the initiative forms part of efforts by the organization to promote water, sanitation, and hygiene amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

”The water systems could not have been provided at a better time than this coronavirus pandemic era when the cheapest and safest prevention of COVID-19 infection is regular washing of hand with soap under running water.”

”Therefore, the importance of access to clean water in these communities, especially for women and children who hitherto would have to walk more than 6 kilometers for untreated water can not be overemphasized’, he added.

World Vision Southern Regional Operations Manager, Joshua Baidoo

The Krachi West District Chief Executive, Douglas Osei Nti commended the organization on the initiative adding it would complement efforts by the assembly in increasing access to potable water in the district. 

He further indicated a water project earmarked for the Monkra community would be reallocated to another deprived community due to the intervention by World Vision. 

The Assembly member for Monkra, Charles Njinie indicated the provision of water systems would contribute to a major transformation of livelihoods in the area since residents would no longer spend long hours in search of water for domestic use. 

”Incidents of waterborne diseases are now a thing of the past,” he added. 

He, however, implored World Vision to consider constructing a befitting classroom for the kindergarten department of the community basic school and facilitate the provision of a midwife at the Monkra Health Center.