The Ghana Red Cross Society in collaboration with Nestle Ghana has installed a Cashless Water System (CWS) in Fenaso Nkwanta in the Ashanti region following the perennial water storage in the community.
The intervention, which is the first of its kind to be rolled out as part of the Ghana WASH Phase II Project, is intended to be a Sustainable Water Project which will be installed in 11 selected communities in the Ashanti and Eastern regions respectively.
Fenaso Nkwanta is a cocoa growing community in the Amansie Central District in the Ashanti Region. With a population of one thousand and twenty-one people (1,021), majority of the people in the community are youth of school-going age.
There are currently four hand pumps that serve the people in the community out of which two are non-functional.
The CWS constructed by Maji Foundation, which includes an iron removal plant, is expected to serve six hundred (600) people in the community.
The CWS was dedicated to the chief and the people of the community to help ease the stress that comes with using the hand pump, and to improve the sanitation situation of residents.
Madam Afia Konadu, a cocoa farmer and a mother-of-eight, lamented that her children had to wake up as early as 4:30 am to join the queue of early birds at the standpipe before they could get a bucket of water each to bath before going to school.
She said they could no longer fetch water from the river because of the activities of illegal miners, so the entire community depended on the two hand pumps functioning in the community which was not sufficient to serve all of them.
The Odikro of Fenaso Nkwanta, Nana Yaw Asare, expressed joy at how the Ghana Red Cross Society had remembered them in their series of projects to be undertaken in the region.
He also commended the National Society for installing the water system in the community.
Nana Yaw Asare, said they would cherish the water system, ensure its usage to the benefit of the people and will go all out to sustain it as well.
He further appealed to the Ghana Red Cross Society to help build an additional toilet facility for the community.
Addressing the people, Mr. Kenneth Frimpong, the Technical Engineer of Community Water Sanitation and Hygiene (CWSA) said they would help the community set up a committee to oversee the smooth running of the Cashless Water System.
He also urged them to maintain the Cashless Water System.
The Project Director for Maji Foundation, Mr. Sunil Lalvani, acknowledged their partnership with the Ghana Red Cross Society, saying they have constructed a number of Cashless Water System in many communities in the three Northern Regions of Ghana but this is the first time they have included an iron removal plant and will inculcate this plants in all their subsequent projects.
Dr. Eric Asamoah Darko, the Head of Business Operations Management for the Ghana Red Cross Society, applauded the chief and people of Fenaso Nkwanta for maintaining the boreholes and toilets which were donated to the community two years ago.
He entreated them to preserve the water system and encouraged people to buy the token.
Dr Darko called on the chief and people to place a premium on the Cashless Water System and went on to appeal to the chief to help increase Red Cross’ membership in the community.
The aged in the community were also very much delighted as the water system was closer to them.
“Crossing the road has always been difficult for me, but now that the water system is closer to my house, I am really happy” said Agya Kojo Osei, a 58-years old farmer.