The people of Kasuliyili, a farming community in the Tolon District in the Northern Region, have been provided with a solar-powered mechanised water system to supply them with clean and safe water from an existing dam in the community.
The $90,567.88 project was implemented by the Baptist Child Development Programme (BCDP), in partnership with the Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC ), and funded by the ChildFund Korea.
Absence of potable water
The absence of potable water in Kasuliyili led to the high incidence of water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea, cholera, typhoid fever, bilharzia and skin diseases, especially among children in the community.
The situation also made teachers, nurses and other professionals refuse posting to the community.
The project, therefore, seeks to increase the use of clean water for drinking and other domestic chores, reduce the incidence of water-borne diseases and reduce time used by children and women in search of water for household use.
Meeting the SDG 6
At the inaugural ceremony, the Vice President, Global Operations of CCFC, Mr Jim Carie, said the gesture formed part of efforts to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goal Six (SDG 6) in Ghana.
The SDG 6, he said, sought to ensure access to water and sanitation for all by 2030 with specific target of achieving universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all.
He said it was also in line with CCFC's desire to ensure that communities and families and their children had access to safe drinking water and to prevent water and sanitation-related diseases for children to be in the best of health to pursue their dreams.
Mr Carie said CCFC’s intervention in the water sector in the Northern Region had provided over 167 rain water harvesting tanks in schools and in homes, 26 hand-dug wells, both mechanised and manual, for communities, 12 dugout dams and five pipe-borne water connections to five communities.
This, he said, was all aimed at providing access to quality water, reducing distances that children and women travelled to find water and improving the health of communities, families and children.
The Programme Leader, BCDP, Reverend Thomas Sayibu Imoro, thanked CCFC and its partners for coming to the aid of the people.
The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Tolon, Mr Seidu Abukari, said the district assembly would continue to partner with willing organisations such as CCFC to enhance the living conditions of the people.
He said the project would go a long way to reduce the burden of children and women in search of potable water for household use and urged the people to take good care of the facility to prolong its lifespan for the benefit of generations to come.
The Kasuliyili-Naa, Alhaji Yakubu Bukari, appealed to the government to construct the road leading to the community and also absorb the community secondary school.