Residents of 18 communities in the Nadowli-Kaleo District and Wa Municipality in the Upper West Region who hitherto have to travel several kilometres in order to access potable water will no longer struggles.
Alhaji Adamu Iddrisu of TRB Foundation, has constructing boreholes to serve these communities which were not only underserved, but also deprived and detached from their district capitals.
The beneficiary communities included: Zothieri, Kpazie, Dambelle, Khro-Sampina, Tangasia, Gbierong, Kuntaali, Loho, Kaahaa, Vaaripuo and Wa Zongo, Huriya, Kabanye, Napugbakole, Sing, Boli, Jonga in the Nadowli-Kaleo District and municipality.
The projects apart from serving over 8,000 people who are mostly women and children, would also help reduce waterborne diseases such as cholera, dysentery and water related skin diseases from the beneficiary communities.
Inaugurating the boreholes in the respective beneficiary communities, the board chairman of the foundation, Reverend Faustell Cofie, said the desire to provide the needed communities with the facility was in line with the vision of the founder of The Royal Ghana (TRB).
He said the foundation was a subsidiary of the bank established to facilitate it’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) with focus on water, sanitation, health, education, culture and Sports.
Rev. Cofie said in the area of water the foundation had so far constructed boreholes across seven regions in the country including the Upper West Region.
In the Northern, Upper East and West regions, a total of 41, 20 and 18 boreholes have been constructed respectively, he said, adding that “this is the desire of Alhaji Adamu Iddrisu, the founder of the Bank.”
He explained that the vision of Alhaji Adamu for the establishment of the foundation which was launched two years ago was to champion social activities and communal projects that would create a positive impact in the lives of the people.
Rev. Cofie said there were three funding options available for projects under the foundation and it had set out to provide water for underprivileged rural communities across the country.
He said the provision of the 18 boreholes for communities in the Upper West Region was a dream come true not only for the bank but also the founder, who had yearned for a day like this even though he never lived to witness it.
He appealed to the beneficiary communities to take good care of the facilities in order for it to serve their intended purposes of providing water to the many who had to struggle on daily basis to have access such important basic amenity like water.
For the beneficiary communities, it was all joy as most of them could not hold back their excitement about the construction of the borehole right in the centre of their villages.
The assembly member for the Zothieri electoral area, Mr. Eric Baesoro, who was instrumental in getting the foundation to construct one of the boreholes in the area expressed his gratitude to the foundation for the assistance.
He noted that the borehole could not have come at a better time than now since it would go a long way to reduce the number of hours people had to spend in getting potable water on daily basis.
Mr. Baesoro said apart from saving the time, the project would also go a long way to help reduce waterborne diseases in the area.
On his part, the chief of the area, Naa Baere Saalong, pledged to mobilise his people to take care of the facility.
He noted that for a long time, his people have had to struggle with access to potable water, therefore the construction of the borehole would serve a great relief for the people.
Naa Saalong expressed his gratitude to the foundation and appealed for another one to be constructed in the village.
From Cliff Ekuful, Wa