Over 20,000 people in the Savannah region have been provided water by the Gonjaland Youth Association to help reduce the suffering of women and children in the Central Gonja district and East Gonja municipality
The Gonjaland Youth Association with funding support from Caravan of Mercy commissioned and handed over four mechanized and one hand pump boreholes to five (5) communities in the East Gonja municipal and Central Gonja district assemblies.
The communities to benefit from the good initiative of the Gonjaland Youth Association are; Kagbarpe, Kpasara, Kpabuso and Ajowpe in the central Gonja district and Kakoshi community from the East Gonja municipality.
The National President of Gonjaland Youth Association Mohammed Amin at the handing over program, said the project was in fulfillment of the efforts of the association to overcome the perennial water challenge in the Savannah Region.
“The dry season is eminent and yet again the women and children in this part of the country will spend much of their time trekking several kilometers in search of water which is not even hygienic and I believe this facilities will offer the beneficiary communities sustainable safe water for domestic use.”
“As an Association, we will continue to knock at the doors of benevolent individuals and organizations like Caravan of Mercy to ask for these kinds of support while reminding duty bearers of their responsibility to bring to an end the long years of dependence on other unsafe sources of water,”
Mohammed Amin urged the people to adopt proper maintenance culture to make sure the boreholes last longer for future generations.
“I urge you to put in place Community Water and Sanitation Management team to adopt best practices to ensure the facility is regularly maintained to prolong its useful life span.”
The Chief of Kagbarpe, Donkuwura Dari, of the beneficiary community, expressed gratitude and alpreciation to Caravan of Mercy for the gesture, stressing that it came at the time the community was overwhelmed with water problem. He revealed that his subjects travel about three miles for water in the past but will now have to fetch water within town.
This will save the time and energy the people used to travel for water and also, improve the children school reporting time.
Chief Donkuwura promised the facility will be properly managed by the people of the community.
At Kpasara, the Hon. Assembly Member for the Kpasara electoral area in the Central Gonja District of the Savannah region, Mohammed Abudu Adams thanked the leadership of the Gonjaland Youth Association for coming to rescue of the people of the area and said the water was mechanized two miles away from the community.
He used the opportunity to appeal for more water facilities to the area since the population of the area keeps growing.
In all the five communities, women, school children and other stakeholders expressed joy and thanked the Gonjaland Youth Association and Caravan of Mercy for good job done.