Two communities in the Volta region which are not connected to the Ghana?s national water system and hence lacked portable water have been provided with potable water.
The two communities are Takuve in the Agotime Ziopi district and Adaklu Ablornu in the Adaklu district of the Volta Region.
The communities had for several years in the past been depending on other unwholesome and untreated sources of water which was detrimental to their health and livelihood.
To this end the Rotary Club of Ho in Ghana and the Rotary Club of Davis, United States collaborated to sink a borehole each for the two communities.
The two boreholes is part of seven boreholes sunk for seven communities. Commissioning the projects, the President of the Rotary Club of Ho (RoCH), Rockson Kwesi Dogbegah noted that water was life and that it is unacceptable for any human being to be deprived of good drinking water.
He said water provision and sanitation forms one of the six focus areas of Rotary International and hence the reason for providing the borehole to the beneficiary communities.
The other areas he mentioned as peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy and economic and community development.
He said all these areas were critical to the very life of all mankind and are also closely linked and for that matter complementary of each other.
He therefore illustrated that when a community has good water, they are empowered, diseases are prevented and education is improved as retention rate will be high while communities will leave in harmony without conflicts.
A Past Assistant Governor (PAG) of Rotary, Theophilus Sowah commended the Clubs for taking the bold initiative and being good examples for Rotary Clubs in their respective countries.
He urged the beneficiary communities to take good care of the facility and put measures in place to ensure it is well maintained and sustained for a long time.
Ebenezer A. Dzukey, the District Coordinating Director of the Agotime Ziopi District who represented the District Chief Executive commended Rotary Club of Ho for its many interventions in the district and prayed that it will continue.
Also in attendance to witness the brief ceremony were the traditional leaders of the two communities and other distinguished Rotarians including, the President Elect of RoCH, Susuana Kudjoe and Past President (PP) Dr. Nii Akwei Addo, the Manager of the National HIV/AIDS programs, among other Rotarians.
The Rotary Club of Ho has within tha past year initiated many programs to improve the Volta. These include the Volta Education Awards Scheme, End Cholera and Ebola Campaign, Volta Read Programe among others.
By Kwadwo Duodu, Takuve and Ablornu ([email protected])