Wa, July 12, GNA – Amazing Grace Children’s Foundation (AGCF), a US/Ghana-based charity organisation has initiated moves to construct a mechanized borehole for a community after a GNA feature article exposed challenges in accessing water by some rural communities in the Upper West Region.
The mechanized borehole, which will cost about $5,000,00 is expected to be completed by end of July 2021 and handed over to the community to guarantee their access to potable water.
In the said feature article titled: “Survival of the fittest: Rural women compete with animals for water”, GNA chronicled a number of its reports on potable water access challenges facing rural communities in three districts of the Upper West Region to build an in-depth feature article.
This was published on its website on June 11, 2021 and also across its numerous local and international subscriber platforms.
The feature highlighted how women and children cover long distances competing with animals for water and how this impeded their health, sanitation, and hygiene as well as their economic activities.
Again, it highlighted how in 2010, the UN General Assembly explicitly recognised the human right to water and sanitation saying; “Everyone has the right to sufficient, continues, safe, acceptable, physically accessible, and affordable water for personal and domestic use”.
The feature was developed under the “Mobilizing Media for Fighting COVID-19 project being implemented by the Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) in collaboration with the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA)”.
Mr Clifford Yaw Frimpong, Director, Water Projects, AGCF, said he spotted the feature article on the GNA website during his usual scouting activity for communities without access to potable water.
He said after spotting the feature, he then forwarded it to his superiors in the US and they expressed willingness to support the construction of a mechanized borehole for one of the three communities highlighted in the article.
According to him, the remaining two communities would be considered in future interventions, adding that, the objective was to provide these communities with access to potable water to improve sanitation and hygiene and prevent communicable diseases.
Mr Frimpong disclosed that in addition to this, they have about 10 mechanized borehole projects in Ghana with six of them located in the Wa West District of the Upper West Region and the remaining four located in the Volta Region.
He said he was happy that once again they would be providing potable water access to another needy community so that women and children who were their prime target could be free from water borne diseases.
Dr Gloria Nimo, Founder, AGCF, noted that their future goal was to complete the 50-bed capacity ultra modern Children’s Hospital in Prampram in the Greater Accra Region to serve under privileged individuals in society.
She said this would be the first of its kind in the country and hoped that their water interventions would also keep the beneficiary communities away from communicable diseases which were essentially preventable.
Jaffe, Shaqiri and Mena Families in the USA are so far the sponsors of AGCF projects in Ghana.