Ghana Red Cross Society in partnership with Nestle Ghana has held a community durbar to commission a hand pump water at Kofi Pare, to join in the celebration of UN World Water Day, on Friday, March 22, 2019, with the theme ‘ Leaving no one Behind’. The event was used to raise awareness on the importance of water, sanitation and good hygiene which in all contributes to the economic development of the community, and also to raise global awareness on how nature can be explored to address water challenges, including pollution threats of new and re-emerging water-related and sanitation-related diseases which are threats to livelihoods.
The project evolved from the Ghana Sustainable Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project (Gha- WASH), a long term partnership between Nestle Ghana and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) that started since 2002. This partnership is in accordance with Nestlé’s Creating Shared Valued concept and the IFRC Global Water and Sanitation Initiative (GWSI), which recognizes the importance of fostering a more favourable environment for rural communities with a special focus on helping communities sustain development through improved water, sanitation and hygiene services.
Nestle Ghana; main sponsor of the project was happy to be part of such a life-changing initiative by IFRC. Mr Benjamin Paintsil, communications specialist for Nestle Ghana indicated that this project is their quota to helping Ghana attain the Sustainable Development Goal 6, which calls for clean water and sanitation for all people by 2030. He further explained that the people contributed to making this vision a reality by purchasing products like Ideal Milk, Milo, Maggi cube and the rest and urged them to continue to buy from them so the project can reach other neighbouring communities that lack access to safe drinking water.
IFRC Delegate for WASH project Mr Abel Augustinio, however, gave a background of the wash project, “IFRC has pledged to reach over 30million people globally with clean water and sanitation within the next 10 years of which Ghana is inclusive”, he further explained.
He further applauded Nestle Ghana for their support so far and called on all Ghanaians to make this vision of IFRC a possible one.
Mr Bikinteeb Annang, WASH Coordinator for Ghana Red Cross Society urged the people to try as much as possible to protect the hand pump water constructed for the community and most importantly their water bodies. He further explained that in their fishing activities, it is necessary to exercise caution not pollute the water bodies with harmful chemicals.
Kofi Pare is a small Akim town, about ten miles north of Asamankese, they are mainly cocoa farmers and fisher folks. Nana Kwame Opare Amaadi on behalf of the chief of the town expressed his joy over the project and he believes it will go a long way to improve the lives of the people in the community. He commended Red Cross for their love for humanity and also said a big thank you to all donors most especially Nestle Ghana. He also called for such developmental projects in the community and other communities within the municipality to enhance the lives of the people.
Parents also expressed their joy of having the hand pump water in the community as it will not just give them access to safe water but also improve their lives. “Our children had to travel all the way to Ayensu River to get water before going to school, hence they are always late for school and not doing well in class. Having this water will really help us”, Madam Margaret Bene Boakye, a mother of four expressed.