Ghana (INN/MNN) — The Volta Region in Ghana, West Africa has a poverty rate of 38%, making clean drinking water unaffordable for almost half of the region’s population. Lack of safe drinking water and sanitation systems contributes to 70% of diseases in Ghana.
International Needs Ghana is a ministry that comes alongside the local church and helps them reach their own communities with both practical help and the hope of Christ.
IN Network just brought another part of the solution to Volta by providing access to clean drinking water. Ministry leaders believe that water is life therefore the provision of potable water to target communities is of great importance to the organization.
Partnered with the Aquascape Foundation, the Ghana team successfully installed the RainXchange™ system at the school in Kanuwloe, which will allow the school to have a safe, reliable water source during all seasons of the year.
The water harvesting project, which was constructed by a team of experts from the United States and Canada, was estimated at $100,000. How much could it provide? According to the RainXchange figures, one inch of rainfall on a 2,000 square foot residential roof generates 1,250 gallons of water that can be reused. That same roof in a region receiving 30 inches of annual rainfall generates 41,000 gallons of reusable water.
The RainXchange™ System filters the stored water to prevent stagnation and growth of unhealthy bacteria. Accessing the stored underground water is as easy as connecting a hose to a spigot. A small pump is connected to the stored water making it convenient to get to the water.
Last week, the team closed the project with both a celebration and dedication ceremony for the newly-installed potable water system. Many traveled from Accra to attend including The Director of Education, the Director of Human Affairs, community elders, mayors, and others.
It was a celebration to connect community with Christian partners in effective evangelism, discipleship and community development.