Project Africa: Water Walk and Community Tour

This is a piece of a several part blog series documenting the work Team IIF is doing in partnership with Free the Children and Me to We in Ghana, Africa to build a schoolhouse and help instill social and emotional life skills.

Community Tour and Water Walk

This afternoon Team IIF had a chance to learn more indepth about the livelihood of Nyameyiekrom and their local economy. Nyameyiekrom relies on the production of palm trees and the related products for most of their industry.

Mister Ben and Solomon, two community members lead the team around the village showing how palm is harvested and processed into palm oil. The Team also visited with the community chief, Nana, in his home. Also on the tour, the team saw three boreholes built by the government. These were deep holes dug with attached pumps to produce clean water for the community. Devastatingly, all of the boreholes were non-functioning--in part because of lack of education. The Team then walked women and children to the community’s current water source--a stagnant stream filled with debris, pollution and disease. We then filled up our jerry cans with water to better understand the work women and children go through carrying the contaminated water back to their homes to drink, wash and cook with.

Some words from Izzy: “Water is such a primary resource for this village and to participate in this walk meant so much to our team. Because of lack of education a whole community is now drinking dirty water and 60 percent of diseases are from contaminated water sources. At the end of the day, it was a really amazing experience to participate in the walk as well as tour the community and learn more about how they live and how much a clean water well and education will mean to them was incredible!"

Some words from Kristin: “The lack of adequate education on how to upkeep the community’s three boreholes have left them to rely on an opening of still, insect-infected waters near the village center. Participating in the water walk was such a key insight for our team to experience because that made us realize how much of an essential resource water is to the growth and development and well-being of their community. This water source is one used for a variety of daily activities, such as bathing, cooking, cleaning, and drinking. We’ve taken on the responsibility of ensuring the appropriate education on how to access clean water for the betterment of the community.”