KOFI AGBAKORPE, GHANA

IN PROGRESS

STATUS

PEOPLE SERVED

DOLLARS FUNDED

FUNDED APRIL 24, 2024

Kofi Agbakorpe is a beautiful, impoverished village of hard-working farmers living with no clean water and no electricity. It is located in the Akatsi North District, in Ghana’s Volta Region.

There is no clean water available in Kofi Agbakorpe, except for one privately owned borehole at a nearby school that is inaccessible to the village. For this reason, people are forced to fetch dirty water each day.

EXISTING CONDITIONS

With no access to potable water, the people living in Kofi Agbakorpe depend on dirty, contaminated water from a man-made “dugout” created by cattle farmers [and] meant to collect flood water to feed their cattle. A body of water meant for animals is now being used by villagers.

This dugout often dries up during the dry season, forcing the villagers to find an even more difficult alternative. During this dry season, they must walk over 3 miles to the larger man-made dam, Ave-Dakpa, that collects flood water all year long, yet provides unhealthy, contaminated water. Water arriving at the Ave-Dakpa dam has passed through gutters and refuse, filling the dam with water that is unhealthy for human consumption.

Senyo and Steve of Hope for Ghana meet the people of Kofi Agbakorpe

In recent days, Hope for Ghana met with the Chief of Kofi Agbakorpe and the entire village to understand Kofi Agbakorpe’s circumstances and their dire need for clean water. It was a humbling and emotional experience to walk to the “dugout” with the villagers and personally see the filthy, muddy water they fetch every day from a source [that is] noticeably drying up. Clean water is desperately needed to reduce the morbidity and mortality of potentially severe waterborne diseases, including bilharzia, typhoid, cholera, dysentery and other diarrheal illnesses.

OUR EXPERIENCE IN THE REGION

Hope for Ghana, with our water engineer with whom we have worked for several years, hopes to drill a water borehole in Kofi Agbakorpe. Our water surveyor has confirmed the optimal point for drilling. His survey indicates a very deep water table which will require a submersible electric pump. In this instance, a hand pump would not adequately reach the water table. Water from the submersible pump will pass through three filters that remove macro impurities.

To provide electricity for the submersible pump, Hope for Ghana will provide the village with a power generator which will require fuel on a regular basis. We will create an escrow account to provide for the village’s ongoing fuel costs.

The dugout water is almost black with silt and dirt.

But dirty water is better than no water at all.

The Water Crisis

Our water engineer and our team on the ground will be constantly monitoring the effectiveness and proper use of the borehole. A water committee within the community will be formed to ensure the safety and proper usage of this gift. Our engineer will provide periodic maintenance for the borehole, electric pump, and storage tower, ensuring the longevity of this project, with all major maintenance costs coming to Hope for Ghana.

Steve Greene, MD, Hope for Ghana’s President, is on the ground in Ghana 4-5 months per year, managing and evaluating all projects. Senyo Gbormittah, Hope for Ghana’s Vice President of Operations, is on the ground throughout the year, constantly monitoring all
projects.

All donations to Hope for Ghana are deposited into First National Bank in Pittsburgh. Funds are then transferred to Ghana Commercial Bank in Ghana, where Steve is the sole signatory, and Steve alone delegates the funds needed for materials and workmanship. For
all transactions related to a project, receipts are obtained and transparently [is] available to our donors. No funds are used for the personal use of our team or for administrative overhead.

PROJECT SPECIFICS AND TIMELINE

Total Project Cost: $8,000

– Materials:      $5,000 for borehole and generator
– Labor:            $   500
– Other Costs: $2,500 allowance to provide ongoing fuel costs for the generator that is required to provide electricity for the borehole.

Expected Start Date:     May 2024
Expected Completion:  June 2024

The woman must carry their babies too.

The water is almost black with silt and dirt.

Heading back with their water

It’s a long walk and the water is heavy.

FUTURE REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE

The water committee in many communities makes the decision to collect a small amount of money for each bucket of water. This money goes towards maintenance and repairs, while allowing a community to take ownership of the project. At the same time, Hope for Ghana sets aside funds for future maintenance and repairs, knowing that there will be costs beyond the financial capability of the village.

The water is so muddy!

YOUR IMPACT

Water is life! The gift of clean water is truly the gift of life. Our project will allow hundreds of people to drink clean, potable water instead of contaminated water from a dug-out or a dam. The morbidity and mortality of waterborne diseases will significantly be reduced.

80% of all diseases in Ghana are caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. With clean water, the overall health of the community will be greatly improved, as diseases such as cholera, typhoid and dysentery are greatly reduced. Healthy children [will be] able to attend school, and their performance [will be] so much better in school while healthy. Healthy men and women are more productive at home and at work, and better able to care for their families.

The impact of Hope for Ghana’s water project in Kofi Agbakorpe will be felt today, and for generations to come.

The proposed site of the water project, in the heart of Kofi Agbakorpe

CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP

While Hope for Ghana is not a faith-based charity, our works show the people of Ghana the face of God. Our gifts are given unconditionally and with immense love, expressing the true love of God. We enjoy handing out Bibles to community churches.

Donors will have a beautiful plaque engraved with their names, placed at the project site. If they choose, they can add an inspirational verse from the Bible.

Hope for Ghana’s projects are always accessible to people of all faiths.

All projects are made possible by World Changers.