COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENTFresh Water Supply System for the Kadewaso Community

August 2, 2023

The Regional Director of Red Cross teaching the people how to use the token

The Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) and its partners have built a freshwater delivery system for the Kadewaso village in the Eastern Region’s Atiwa East District, which will service approximately 7,000 people.

A 60-cubic-meter overhead tank and four water stations strategically located across the village make up the water system.

It may also be programmed to automatically dispense water using e-credit tokens.

Through improved water, Ghana’s sustainable Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (Ghana-WASH) project, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Global Sanitation and Initiative (GWSI), and NESTLE Ghana aided communities in increasing productivity, protecting the environment, and developing their communities. The automated water system was opened on World Water Day this year, which had the theme “Groundwater makes the unseen visible.”

Mr. Kwame Gyimah-Akwafo, President of GRCS, indicated that the initiative will benefit 64 cocoa-producing villages in the Eastern and Ashanti regions as part of GRCS’ efforts to promote water sustainability.

He stated that GRCS will continue to assist the government in areas like emergency response, health education, social mobilization, risk communication, sanitation, and cleanliness in communities.

The Ghana-WASH initiative seeks to improve health and hygiene services in communities, including the supply of drinkable water, thanks to a five-year collaboration agreement between NESTLE and IFRC.

World Water Day, according to Mr. Gyimah-Akwafo, honors water and raises awareness of the fact that 2.2 billion people lack access to safe drinking water, 1.9 billion people lack access to basic water services at their health care facilities, and 1.7 million women in the least developed countries give birth in facilities with inadequate water sanitation.

“A big amount of the water we use for drinking, sanitation, food production, and industrial uses comes from groundwater,” he stated.

GRCS was able to accomplish its targets, according to Mr. Gyimah-Akwafo, including securing water delivery to 45,000 beneficiaries throughout phase two of the project execution. “Not being able to have a dignified existence is when spending a section of the day only to get a necessity to maintain alive,” said Mr. Bhupinder Tomar, Head of Abuja Country Cluster Delegation and a representative of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

“When we return to the neighborhood, our aspirations are not only to acquire water at the communal level but also to move it to the next level and supply it [water] in households,” he said five years later.

Mr. Georgios Badaro, Managing Director of NESTLE Ghana, said Kadewaso was one of the hardworking cocoa-growing villages, and he was delighted they received water to enable them to keep producing cocoa.

He described the journey as follows: Ghana-WASH began in 2016 with the introduction of a sustainable water sanitation and hygiene program in Ghana.

In the Eastern and Ashanti regions, he added, roughly 300 hygiene facilities were made available to communities, and 170,000 people were trained to safeguard them against the epidemic.

Mr. Kwabena Panin Nkansah, Atiwa East District Chief Executive, expressed thanks to Ghana Red Cross and NESTLE for assisting the district with long-term water solutions.

He said the district has given 26 mechanized boreholes and two water systems to villages in Adasowase and Akyem sekyere.

Nana Boadu, kontehene of Kadewaso, was pleased to have access to potable water, which would be beneficial to cocoa producers.

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