Thu. Dec 1st, 2022

The Northern Presbytery has constructed Rain Water Harvesting Tanks for eight (8) communities in Jantong Traditional, in the Savannah Region of Ghana.

The tanks, are a 30,000 litres capacity each, and are supposed to serve 623 families in the eight (8) poor rural communities in the Jantong area.

In a Key Note Address by Catechist Moses Nindow on behalf of the Presbyterian Agriculture Services and Child Development Program at Mile 7, Tamale on the final dedication and handing over of the Rain Water Harvesting Tanks in the Jantong-Traditional Area, the church says the goal of the project was to improve the lives of the rural dwellers in the area.

“Northern Presbytery Development and Social Services, identified other two related problems to the poor access to clean drinking water. The lack of community-based water, sanitation and nygiene management structures; the poor linkages to water, sanitation and hygiene service providers. Residents of the Jantong traditional area which is in East Gonja municipality of the Northern region of Ghana lack clean drinking water”, the address said.

“The goal of this project is to improve the livelihoods of 623 families in 8 poor rural communities in the Jantong area by Sepcember 2019 through the awardee and lead implementer, PAS-CDP, in Ghana. Therefore, through this project”, it added.

According to global health, the burden associated with water shortages (fresh/potable water access) on health and human development is staggering. with an estimated I.6 million deaths every year from diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene.

The address also indicated that, the project will go along way to complement the efforts by the government to provide safe drinking water for the people through the “One village, One dam” initiative.

“Although the Government of Ghana has plans to provide acommunities with dams or rehabilitate existing ones, under its “One village, One dam project, it will take a longer time to provide for all communities, as not even a single community from the proposed project area has been selected among the first batch that will be provided with dugouts this year. Even if the dugouts of the communities are rehabilitated, it will not be provided with filtration galleries, which means the water will still be unclean for human drinking”, it stated.

According to the Catechist, the organization “conducted community sensitisation in 8 communities with 6, 739 participants (4,468 females/2271 men) including children. This led to the formation of 8 WASH committees with 38 members (23 females/15 males). Besides this, over 120 adolescents were educated and provided with hygiene kits. Two Community-Based Rain Water Harvesting Tanks Construction and Maintenance Technicians were also trained. These things were done to enhance capacity of the 8 community level structures in management of all water sources.”

“All 8 project communities were linked to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in the North-East Gonja District as well as East Gonja Municipality. This was done for the WASH Committees to identify and engage with strategic service providers in the area”, he further”, he said.

On personal hygiene, over 120 female adolescent were educated and provided with hygiene kits ; these included, soap, body spray, tooth paste and brush, hand sanitizers, and many more.

The chief of Buhijaa community, where the event was held, Zakaria Mushe Bore thanked the Northern Presbytery for the support, asking that they continue to give his people more.

Some of the beneficiary communities are 1. Fushila – 4 tanks, Yakura – 2 tanks, Jantong-Wulanyili – 4 tanks, Jantong-Dakpemyili-2 tanks, Jangyili – 2 tanks, Sakpalua – 1 tank, Vagyili – 1 tank and Buhijaa – 4 tanks.

In attendance were Northern Presbytery Chairman, Rev. Dr. Peter Ata Ziame, Northern Presbytery Director of Development and Social Services, Rev. Jasper Maas.

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