Hello friends & family
We wanted to give you an update on another project concerning water. The Pra River basin in the Google Earth image below is in our immediate area where Joey Romero is currently working from (Project Manager for #MoreWaterProject Ghana). The little yellow dot center top is Joeys' village. We are currently conducting a survey of the entire area (~115 square km) with a focus on the river basin farms (~41km of river) to see how many wells it would take to ensure every villager had access to clean water 24/7 365 days of every year. Joey will survey logging road access for bore hole drilling and then survey areas where hand dug wells could be a solution. It would be an aggressive but doable project. We like to THINK BIG! We are hoping to have the first stage of the survey completed within two-three weeks pending agreeable weather.
The Suminam project was attempted last week but delayed because of rain. The villagers are trying their best to fill wet places with stones. We will try again this next week. Once successful, we will send pictures of the drilling and well development.
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Have a blessed day
#MoreWaterProject - Wendy
We welcome our Project Lead for West Africa Ghana, Mr Joey Romero. Joey has years of experience in working in Ghana assisting communities with bore wells, education and social equality. His connections with local governments and local communities is a great attribute that will benefit us to roll out bore water wells across Ghana for years to come. Welcome to the team Joey.
Please welcome James Enajite to the #MoreWaterProject. James brings years of experience in bore water drilling, community relations, stake holder engagement and government environmental research which will help us approve and move forward a lot faster in approving and building bore water wells in Lagos and beyond.
Update from our Global Community Relations Director, Wendy Landman - Media release.
Our current #MoreWaterProject is a bore hole that will serve around 300 in an area called Suminam located at GPS 5 57’ 0” N 1 18’ 25” W. We are funding this 100%. The people are a beautiful collection of 26 small cocoa farms of mixed Ewe and Fante tribes and have been taking water from a small stream that flows into the Pra River that also dries up during the dry season. The community will dig down into the stream bed after the flow stops and when that source dries up they walk about thirty minutes to a bore hole with hand pump. Fortunately, there is an old logging road that we can use to bring in drilling equipment. We will need to cut some trees and will also need a little break in the rains to allow three low places to dry out.
The machinery is very heavy and drillers will not risk getting stuck in remote areas that could impound equipment for weeks. These people are very excited that anyone would come to them even for a visit and are ecstatic that anyone would want to help them with a bore hole. They have formed a local water committee that will serve as management for the well. They have approved a drill site and cleared it. They have agreed to cut trees and fill road ruts with stones for machinery transport. They already have collected funding for cement and iron rods for the pump platform.
We are also planning another bore hole:
This project is a bore hole that will serve around 225. The peoples are from the Ewe speaking tribe and currently use water from a hand dug well that goes dry during dry season. Hand dug wells suffer from e-coli contamination that is primarily introduced by open livestock feces (chickens, goats, etc.). There is not one single open well that will not test positive for e-coli. They serve to spread polio, typhoid, dysentery, cholera, malaria just to name a few. Salmonella will infect all wells several times a year when lizards, frogs, etc. drown in the wells. More children die from intestinal tract diseases and malaria than all other causes. Additionally, small children occasionally fall into open wells suffering death and/or permanent disfigurement from injury and drowning.
General information for the area. This area of the Upper Guinea Forest is owned by the Ashanti tribe family called Adansi. It was won in battles prior to Ghanaian independence and awarded by the Central government to the Adansi’s when independence from Great Britain was gained in 1957. The Adansi’s started logging the jungle decades ago and encouraged share croppers to grow cocoa afterwards. All the peoples in the areas approved for wells are share croppers who lease Adansi land for a share of the cocoa. The per capita income is less than $150 annually. The richest farmer in Kotokata grosses about $1,500 US annually from his cocoa. His farm is much larger than most. The government is the only buyer and sets the prices well below market. The farmers are totally at their mercy. Large families are necessary help for farm labor. Unfortunately, most farm land is already leased and when children mature the family farm cannot support them. Education needed to compete in townships for skilled labor and white collar jobs is sorely lacking. In essence, we want to help these farmers with a bore hole and hope to have this completed before year end 2019.
We will bring you more updates soon.
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