Fresh water powered by the sun
Kasuliyili, Ghana receives a sustainable gift
By William Anim-Dankwa
CCFC communications manager, Ghana
Nov. 27, 2015
KASULIYILI, Ghana — Children from Kasuliyili, Ghana used to be late for school, because they had to fetch water from the local dam before heading to class. They also missed school due to waterborne illnesses or skin diseases caused by the water they drank.
The fetched water was used by humans and animals, it was filled with run-off from surrounding communities and sometimes contained faecal matter. So, Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC), and Tamale, Ghana-based Baptist Child Development Program (BCDP) intervened with support from ChildFund Korea.
Solar energy was used to pump the filtered water close to a kilometre from the dam to a 4,000-litre overhead tank at the centre of the community. “[The process] has provided sustainable, potable water sources to the Kasuliyili community and three adjoining communities in the Tolon District through the provision of safe drinking water points for 5,764 people,” says James Amadu, program manager, BCDP. “It has also improved community participation in the ownership and maintenance of water facilities.”
Life is better. “The water is very close to us now…. Walk a few metres, and you have safe and clean water,” says Fuseini, 16-year-old head boy from Kasuliyili junior high. Barikisu, a 17-year-old from the Kasuliyili senior high, adds: “The water project has reduced the time we spend walking to fetch water from the dam, and it will make us healthy.”
The smiles on the faces of the children say it all. “Change has come to Kasuliyili, and this community will never be the same, thanks to CCFC and donors,” concludes Abdallah Yakubu, local junior-high teacher.