Red Cross and Nestle hand over solar water system to Amanhyia community

Ghana Red Cross Society and its partners (Nestle Ghana Limited, Project Maji and CWSA) have handed over a mechanized solar water system to the chiefs and people of Amanhyia, a farming community in the Suhum Municipality of the Eastern Region.

The facility, which is under the Ghana water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) project, was initiated in 2016 to support communities with safe water and sanitation facilities and will serve some 4000 residents in Amanhyia and its environs.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony at Amanhyia, as part of activities to mark this year’s World Water Day (WWD), Mr Georgios Badaro, Managing Director, Nestle Ghana Limited, said the gesture was part of the Company’s contribution towards attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.

He said the facility was the 68th water system by Nestle, serving over 119,543 residents in 64 communities in the Eastern and the Ashanti Regions.

Mr Badaro said, eight more boreholes were under construction and would soon be completed and handed over to the communities for use.

He said the partnership between Nestle and International Red Cross had also produced 23 sanitation facilities serving residents of the two regions.

Mr Badaro said Nestle was committed to its purpose of “unlocking the power of food to enhance quality of life for everyone today and for generations to come.”

He urged the public to live by the theme for this year’s World Water Day, “Valuing Water” to ensure sustainability of the resource.

Mr Samuel Kofi Addo, Secretary General, Ghana Red Cross Society, said access to safe and reliable water and sanitation provided the foundation for meaningful progress along humanitarian work to the development of communities given the impact of COVID-19.

He said the National Society would ensure easy access to water equitably enjoyed by all in project communities, especially for women, children, and people with disability.

Mr Addo said Ghana WASH phase II would focus on water point rehabilitation and construction, expansion and development of mechanized systems equipped with solar power systems and support through gravity distribution networks.

He said volunteers and vendors were trained to manage and ensure regular maintenance to ensure the sustainability of the facility.

Nana Akwasi Baffour II, Chief of Amanhyia, thanked Nestle Ghana, Red Cross Society and other partners for the interventions.

He said prior to the construction of the water system, the community relied mainly on an unsafe source of water, which was far from the community


commissioning of a hand pump at Kofipare in the Eastern Region

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.