Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana

by International Coalition for the Eradication of Hunger and Abuse (ICEHA)
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Provide Sanitary Water and a School in Yevi, Ghana
Completed 2 seat latrine with 8 foot deep field
Completed 2 seat latrine with 8 foot deep field

Greetings to all our lovely and generous donors, from Yevi, the “village that chill”. We are very grateful for all your support which has significantly improved the living condition of the people of Yevi village.

Last year has really been a very busy year for the people of Yevi both young and old since they have to multi task (helping build latrine facilities and also working on their farm). Normally the farming season begins in the month of March to the middle of December, which means during this period the people of Yevi pay less attention to any other activities in the village and focus all their energy on farming since it’s the only economic activity in the village the earn them income to take care of their basic needs and support their kids’ education.

Even though they could have suspended this project until they are done with their farming, Yevi residents never thought of that, but rather accepted the challenge and decided to pick a day of the week and dedicate that day towards building the toilet facility for their children. 

Although it has taken so much of time for this project to be complete with the spirit of determination and togetherness these people have been able to complete the sanitary latrine facility in time for the children to use when they return from their spring break soon

Currently in Ghana the Government and other international agencies has launched a campaign against open defecation, with we hope the village of  Yevi will be proud to become an example for other villages to emulate, this is possible because of you our generous donors.

With the latrine project completed, we are still counting on you, to help us reach our target so that we can be able to fix the broken classroom block for the children so as to provide a safe, hygienic, convenient and sound atmosphere for teaching and learning in fulfilment of the sustainable development goal 14 which is Provision of Quality Education for all.

The children are so grateful for your help, as we at ICEHA also are. Thank you so much! Below are some pictures for you.

Project Supervisors
Project Supervisors
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Day 1 Latrine Construction
Day 1 Latrine Construction

I know you'll want to join us in applauding the hard work and commitment to sustainability of the residents of Yevi Village.

The last few months have been spent digging very deep holes, making bricks, and installing a latrine next to the school so the children have a sanitary and private way to take care of one of their most basic needs. No longer will children and young men and women be forced to expose themselves during this vulnerable time, and their exposure to illness due to lack of sanitation will decrease significantly. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), absence of basic sanitation facilities can:

  • Result in an unhealthy environment contaminated by human waste. Without proper sanitation facilities, waste from infected individuals can contaminate a community's land and water, increasing the risk of infection for other individuals. Proper waste disposal can slow the infection cycle of many disease-causing agents
  • Contribute to the spread of many diseases/conditions that can cause widespread illness and death. Without proper sanitation facilities, people often have no choice but to live in and drink water from an environment contaminated with waste from infected individuals, thereby putting themselves at risk for future infection. Inadequate waste disposal drives the infection cycle of many agents that can be spread through contaminated soil, food, water, and insects such as flies.

According to the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals Report,, one in five primary-school age girls are not in school, compared to one in six boys. One factor accounting for this difference is the lack of sanitation facilities for girls reaching puberty.  The installation of toilets and latrines may enable school children, especially menstruating girls, to further their education by remaining in school. ICEHA is also teaching Yevi girls and women about reproductive health, and how to make and use their own re-usable sanitary pads.

Working with ICEHA's Country Director, Justice Asamoah, Yevi residents learned to utilize ICEHA provided laptop computers to watch You Tube instructional videos and learn to make their own ventilated double pit latrine. As of today, all of the underground drainage tank has been installed and the bricks for the housing are dried and scheduled for installation this week. 

With the completion of the new bore-hole, handwashing stations and latrine, our focus now turns to fundraising for repairing old and building the new classrooms. The residents will be responsible for the majority of labor, outsourcing only the most technical skills.

Thank you for taking this journey with us! Let's take the next steps together!

Digging Latrine Pit
Digging Latrine Pit
Completed Stacks
Completed Stacks
Completed Stacks 2
Completed Stacks 2
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Digging the pit for the toilet
Digging the pit for the toilet

It has been a very busy time for the residents of Yevi. Thanks to you, not only have we been able to provide clean drinking water and handwashing stations, we are now assisting the residents to build their own KVIP (Kumasi Ventilated-Improved Pit), or toilet, for the schoolchildren who have previously been forced to simply squat or stand in a designated, non-private area. 

ICEHA's goal is always sustainability, so our Country Director, Justice Asamoah, is providing training and supervision while the village residents work together to build the toilet and learn the process so they can build these for their own households. The process includes building very large holes in the ground for drainage, and lining them with bricks (locally made). The cost of the Yevi KVIP is $500.00 and provides private, sanitary and secure relief for the school children.

ICEHA also purchased three projectors for use in the school, which has greatly improved our RITTP (Rural Internet Technology Training Program) classes. We also welcome Kafaui Arnold Nyamalor to the RITTP teaching team. This year alone, Since RITTP was launched over a year ago, we have tripled the number of students and doubled the number of laptop computers.  However, many children in our area still have never seen or touched a real computer, and we are in great need of more computers and funds for internet access.

Finally, fundraising for completion of the school remains slow, but the children are committed to their education and hopeful that they will soon be able to attend classes where there are desks for all students, and roofs and walls to keep out the rain. 

Thanks for your continued support,

 

Carolyn

RITTP
RITTP
New projectors coming in handy
New projectors coming in handy
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A new sign for Yevi...in many ways!
A new sign for Yevi...in many ways!

Dear donors,

In March, I personally had the opportunity to taste the water from the new well in Yevi, and it is the most delicious water I have ever tasted. The water is being brought up through large rocks, and is extremely pure. This is such a change from the filthy water they had become used to.The village asked me to invite you all for a taste so they could also deliver their thanks personally!

During my visit, we taught the children how to build a "tippy tap" handwashing station. Each station cost about $10 USD to build. After we left the village, we heard they built two more on their own and are using them religiously. Its amazing how attitudes and opinions of self-worth change when people believe they are deserving of clean water!

Our next project is a latrine for the school. Currently, the children are using a spot of dirt with little privacy and no drainage (see video attached). The village is coming together to build an advanced, private latrine which will help cut down on disease and exposure. The cost of the materials is $400 USD, with the village providing the labor to dig, make the blocks, pour the cement, etc. It is truly a sustainable project. We are looking for a sponsor or sponsors for this project so we can start asap.

Finally, professional artists volunteered to beautify the walls of the delapidated school in March to show the children that beauty can come from the ashes. We hope this will tide them over until we are able to raise the funds to build a new school complete with chairs, books, desks, and a real floor. The most amazing thing was that the children came together to create some of the most amazing works of art on the walls. There is generally little outlet for this type of creativity, whch is desperately needed if these children are to solve the issues plaguing their community. They also proudly showed me their race cars made from milk cans and sandals, which they created with a very big machete.These cars are super fast racers!!!

Not to be outdone by their children, once the moms saw what their kids were doing, they grabbed paper and pencils to begin drawing. Their next assignment is to help us design the school and rest of the village. It is critical we get this type of input in order for the residents to take pride in and care for the future of these projects.

We hope you enjoy the attached photos, article, and video. We ask you to consider sponsoring all or part of phase two:

.....the school latrine!

Thank you for your continued support. Please help us reach our $400 goal by May 20, 2017 so we can complete the latrine asap.

Beauty from the ashes!
Beauty from the ashes!
The creative mind has been waiting to be unleashed
The creative mind has been waiting to be unleashed
Kids make cars from milk cans and sandals
Kids make cars from milk cans and sandals
Moms find their creativity
Moms find their creativity
Commissioning ceremony of the Yevi well (borehole)
Commissioning ceremony of the Yevi well (borehole)

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Big Trucks
Big Trucks

Thanks to all of you, Yevi has a new bore hole and above ground secure storage tanks with faucets.  Most importantly, the water is clean and safe to drink! The children are no longer being forced to walk miles and haul back filthy, disease ridden water to drink, cook with, and bathe in. 

You should have seen the curious children watch as big trucks came to drill deep holes. The whole village watched in anticipation. It was touch-and-go for awhile, but fresh water was finally found at 100 meters, and the villagers let out joyous yells when it was finally reached. 

In typical Yevi style, the village has invited its neighbors to share, and the day after installation, you could see people withh their water buckets on the roads to Yevi. They are all deeply grateful for your generosity!

We are now turning the funds to the Yevi school and sanitary bathroom facilities.

We hope  you enjoy that attached photos!

Young and old alike watching the progress
Young and old alike watching the progress
Awaiting the first drink of clean water
Awaiting the first drink of clean water
The Village Leader officially opens the tap
The Village Leader officially opens the tap
Does clean water taste the same as dirty water?
Does clean water taste the same as dirty water?
Neighbors come for clean water
Neighbors come for clean water

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International Coalition for the Eradication of Hunger and Abuse (ICEHA)

Location: Reston, VA - USA
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Justice Asamoah
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Justice Asamoah
Reston, VA United States

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