In Ghana, as in our other projects, our work begins with finding the most efficient way to deliver safe drinking water. Currently, women and children in this area fetch water from a mud hole they share with herds of cattle, who bathe, drink and defecate there. While municipal pipes sit very close to the five local villages, the government has not allocated the funds to extend the pipes to reach them. A task force including Rotary Clubs from the United Kingdom and within Ghana is working now to install these pipes as well as holding tanks in each of the five villages. This is a state of emergency situation and we are seeking additional partners and funding to assist with this costly project.
Nearby in the South Volta Region, many young orphan boys live as slaves, tending cattle for local landowners. Known as “Cowboys”, these little boys as young as five sleep in the fields and survive on dirty water from the river and a single portion of porridge per day offered by their slave masters. Our mission here is distributing LifeStraws to the Cowboys. These are individual filters that offer at least a limited means of cleaning their water. We hope to raise awareness of the treatment of these boys on an international level and to move toward developing a Green Hub at the local school were they can both meet their basic needs of food and water and attend classes. Installation of wells, holding tanks and piping across the region will guarantee them clean water along their travels, and is planned for 2018.