Fanteakwa (E/R), April 30, GNA - Ghana’s premier beverage producer, Accra Brewery Limited (ABL), in partnership with World Vision Ghana (WVG), has constructed a GH¢40,000.00 borehole for the Abodobi Community in the Fanteakwa District of the Eastern Region.
The project, initiated under World Vision’s WASH for Improved Socio-economic Empowerment (WISE) programme, is to address the lack of access to safe water as the community has been depending on a contaminated source of water for drinking and domestic use.
It is against this backdrop that the two entities partnered towards the construction of the borehole as well as the implementation of both sanitation and hygiene interventions to ensure the various sectors of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) are holistically implemented in the identified areas.
An approximate population of 896 persons would benefit from the project.
The inauguration of the borehole was witnessed by the MP for Fanteakwa South, Kofi Okyere Agyekum, the District Chief Executive, Abas Fuseini and the National Democratic Congress parliamentary aspirant, Abigail Elorm Akwambea Mensah and residents of the beneficiary community.
The Corporate Affairs Manager of Accra Brewery Ltd, Mr Cyrus deGraft-Johnson, during the handing over ceremony, said the provision of the borehole would create a conducive environment for teaching and learning and also improve livelihoods.
He said: “The availability of safe water will also result in improved health outcomes by reducing the effect of water-borne diseases”.
Mr deGraft-Johnson said: “Through World Vision, we noticed that academic work in the area is seriously affected because the children go to queue for water in the morning before they leave for school. Both teachers and pupils, therefore, get to school late.
“During the dry season for instance school attendance is greatly affected as the children have to travel to other areas to look for water. But with this intervention, all these problems will be a thing of the past. We also expect improved sanitation in the school and community as well as improved hygiene behaviour and practices”.
He commended World Vision for the support and for being an important partner in the quest to create a resilient world where businesses, local communities and ecosystems shared uninterrupted access to safe and clean water.
The National Director of World Vision Ghana, Mr Hubert Charles, said World Vision was committed to partnering with corporate institutions and other development partners to increase access to safe water and improved sanitation for children and their families in deprived communities.
He commended Accra Brewery Limited for supporting efforts at providing safe water to deprived communities in Ghana.
He said his organisation prioritised improved access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene because those essential services were fundamental for improved health, quality education, food security, increased productivity, poverty reduction and socio-economic development.
Mr Charles hinted that WVG would continue to invest and enter into strategic partnerships to scale up the WASH interventions across the country, particularly in very remote and difficult to reach communities.
He said World Vision was the largest non-governmental provider of clean water in the developing world because of its commitment, reaching one new person with clean water every 30 seconds.