Residents in communities affected by galamsey menace given new hope as NGO gives transportable ingesting water
A US-based non-governmental organization is offering aid to residents in some communities whose water sources have been extremely polluted via illegal mining operations.
Soles of Hope, which plans to spend a number of hundreds of cedis on over 20 ‘galamsey’ affected communities in Ashanti, Eastern, Central and Western areas, believes these communities deserve to be offered with clear ingesting water. Officials of the NGO said it’s poised to positively influence on beneficiary communities.
A US-based couple, Fred Osei-Yeboah and Dr. Opokua Osei-Yeboah, the mind behind this venture have been executing life-centered activities, corresponding to offering water and academic infrastructure in less-endowed communities of their native Ghana.
The couple, via their NGO, Soles of Hope, just lately handed over a brand-new pc laboratory and mechanized borehole to the folks of Kpandai in Northern Ghana.
The NGO is now turning consideration to assist the battle against illegal mining via the availability of unpolluted ingesting water to endemic communities.
Atwereboanda, a farming community located downstream of the Pra River within the Shama District of the Western area is without doubt one of the beneficiary communities.
Though there is no such thing as a ‘galamsey’ activity occurring within the area, the community by its location is feeling the influence of illegal mining a number of kilometers away from ‘galamsey’ websites within the Ashanti and Central areas.
Residents, till now, had no option than to resort to using the extremely polluted Pra River for family chores together with bathing and washing.
Children additionally take their morning bathtub within the soiled water before going to school.
Afua Awotwe is without doubt one of the residents who is worried concerning the air pollution of their water sources.
She had returned from the banks of River Pra the place she fetched water that’s extremely polluted.
“I have kept the water somewhere because I cannot use it for anything unless I buy alum,” she told me.
One has to patiently look forward to a number of minutes, generally hours to put together water from the polluted river for family chores.
“Even then, I cannot use it for anything. You get rashes on the skin even after applying alum. It is worse when used to wash utensils. You will need a rag to clean the dirt afterwards,” Madam Awotwe added.
Thanks to Soles of Hope, that state of affairs will change because the community advantages from a borehole.
Assemblyman for the Amisakrom-New Junction electoral area, Alpha Justice Wonkye, is joyful for the folks.
“We say this borehole has become our saviour in terms of water resource because school children instead of coming here to bath, they are no more coming here. We are going to make good use of that borehole”
Chief Executive of Soles of Hope, Dr. Opokua Osei-Yeboah, is sad that Atwereboanda and other galamsey-plagued communities have been uncared for by the government.
“These communities have a lot of difficulties; getting clean water to do anything and we can’t forget them,” she said. It takes Soles of Hope to look at deep hidden communities like these [Atwereboanda, others] and attain out.
“We are looking at 20 communities in Ashanti, Eastern, Western and Central. So, these are the communities that we are targeting; the ones that are close to where they have seen the most [galamsey] impact,” she added.
The cost of a hand-pump borehole is estimated at GHC30,000, equal USD2,000. This means the NGO will needn’t lower than GHC600,000 (USD40,000)
Nonetheless, Dr. Opokua, a medical doctor in Public Health within the US who’s afraid of the results of illegal mining on unborn infants said the NGO is equal to the duty.
“Yes, we are aware of the cost involved, but as an NGO, we are challenged by how the lives of the people, especially women and children have been impacted negatively by activities of illegal mining to do more.”
She desires the government and other stakeholders to concentrate to communities alongside river our bodies who’ve been affected by ‘galamsey’.
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