Happy customer on opening day in Gbong
Community Water Solutions' Executive Director, Kate Clopeck, returned to Ghana in February after spending a few months at home fundraising during the holiday season. Over the past two months, Kate and our Ghanaian staff members have implemented new water businesses in two new villages in rural Ghana, Cheko and Gbong, and have selected 5 new villages to work with in the future!
Cheko is a small village of about 34 households (approximately 300 people) located about 35 minutes outside of Tamale and right next door to Jarigu (another CWS village). Like most other CWS villages, the only source of water in Cheko is shallow, stagnant pond (also called a “dugout” or “dam”) that fills with water during the rainy season. CWS opened the water business in Cheko on March 15th and it was a great success! 80% of the village showed up to buy water! The water business in Cheko is run by 3 local women: Samata, Cheko's "women organizer," Kukuna and Abiba.
Gbong is a large village (about 800 people) located about 40 minutes south of Tamale on the Salaga road. Similar to Cheko, the only source of water in Gbong is a dugout, which in addition to being very contaminated, has recently turned a strange shade of green. We opened the water business in Gbong on March 22nd, which also happened to be World Water Day! 94% of the village showed up on opening day to buy water - one of the highest turnouts that we have accomplished at a water business grand opening! This water business is run by two hard-working ladies from Gbong, Fati and Amina.
In addition to helping Community Water Solutions provide clean water for rural villages in Ghana, your donations support the project work of our Ghanaian field team. Last week was very exciting for Peter, our Project Manager, because he had finally saved up enough money to purchase a plot of land. Peter is the first person in his family to own land – his parents and grandparents have always rented homes in town. He is planning to eventually build a compound on this plot where his whole extended family can live. Peter has been working very hard for CWS over the past 15 months and has been very responsible – saving his salary little by little. He did not tell his family about his plan to purchase land, and surprised them last Wednesday by driving them out to his plot and showing them his deed!
Thank you to everyone who has supported CWS over the past few months, your donations have really made a difference - helping us bring safe drinking water to over 1,000 new people in Northern Region Ghana! We are halfway to our fundraising goal of $20,000 which will help us bring clean water to a total of 8 rural villages in Ghana!
Amina treating dugout water with Alum in Gbong
Distributing safe storage containers in Gbong
Samata and Kukuna treating water in Cheko
CWS Project Manager, Peter, standing on his plot!