During a field visit to Ghana, I recently had the opportunity to visit ‘Twifu rural women and youth concern’. We travelled for 4 hours starting from Accra at 5 o’clock in the morning to get the opportunity to visit this wonderful project working in rural Ghana. We met with Matthew Aidoo in their small office on a busy street in the small town of Twifo Praso. Matthew is an infectiously optimistic and enthusiastic project leader, a local farmer of Palm Oil who is committed to supporting his community through running TRYAWCO.
The organisation is currently raising funds to dig wells in isolated farming villages buried deep in the countryside, where farmers and their families have previously had to travel long distances to find clean water. We had the chance to visit two of these villages and see the work that has already been carried out thanks to GlobalGiving donations.
We arrived at the villages and were greeted by excited children on holiday from school, who spilled out of their simple village huts at the sound of visitors. They eagerly led us to their newly built water pumps and we walked, surrounded by leafy coco plants, down narrow overgrown paths to reach them. When we arrived at the pumps, the children were keen to demonstrate their new source of fresh clean water and took it in turns to display their pumping skills for us. The delight of the whole community at their new pumps was evident as the village elders spoke of how much more secure they felt in the knowledge that enough clean water to support their community was now just a short walk away. They also spoke of how they had noticed a reduction in the number of stomach illnesses that their children had experienced, even in the few short months that they had had the fresh water in their communities.
What is clear about the work carried out by Matthew and those at TRYAWCO is that GlobalGiving donations have had a direct impact in these rural communities. An impact that with continued support they will keep making in the 10 villages that still have limited access to clean water, marked out to gain access to wells and pumps when they have the financial means to do so.
If you have already donated, you can be confident that your donations have made a difference and that Matthew and his team are a safe choice for your continued investment.