WEME NAKPOKOPE, GHANA

IN PROGRESS

STATUS

PEOPLE SERVED

DOLLARS FUNDED

FUNDED APRIL 24, 2024

Weme Nakopke is located in the Akatsi North District, in the Volta Region of Ghana.  It is a beautiful, impoverished village of hard-working farmers who are living with little to no access to clean water. 

Weme Nakpokpe Children

EXISTING CONDITIONS

There is a borehole in the nearby village of Avevi, approximately one mile away.  The people of Weme Nakpokope need to pay for this water, but unfortunately, most of the people cannot afford the cost.  Even for those who can afford the water, the availability is severely limited.  Avevi can barely take care of their own people with their borehole’s limited yield.  So in reality, there is essentially no clean water available to the people of Weme Nakpokope.  For this reason, people are forced to fetch dirty water each day.

With little access to potable water, the people living in Weme Nakpokope must depend on dirty, contaminated water from a man-made “dugout” that was created by the community to collect flood water.  Rain forces dirt into the pooled water, creating muddy water that is often shared by cattle, and therefore unsafe for human consumption.  Water from the proposed well is primarily intended for community consumption; however, excess water may be used for livestock.

This dugout can be used during the rainy season, but it often dries up during the dry season, leaving the villagers forced to find an even more difficult alternative.  Throughout the dry season, they must walk two miles to the Kpodzivi dam, which collects filthy flood water, providing unhealthy, contaminated water that is shared with animals.  Villagers often see macro-organisms floating in the dam water.

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.

A typical Weme Nakpokope household 

OUR EXPERIENCE IN THE REGION

In recent days Hope for Ghana has met with the Chief and community elders of Weme Nakpokope, and with the entire village to understand their circumstances and their dire need for clean water. 

Hope for Ghana, with a water engineer with whom we have worked for several years, hopes to drill a water borehole in Weme Nakpokope.  Our water surveyor has confirmed the optimal point for drilling already. Water from the submersible pump will pass through three filters to remove macro impurities.

Our water engineer and our team on the ground will constantly monitor 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 both the borehole[ and pump], ensuring the longevity of this project, with all major maintenance costs coming to Hope for Ghana.

ACCOUNTABILITY

Hope for Ghana’s President, Steve Greene, MD, 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 year-round, 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 donors. No funds are used for the personal needs of our team or for administrative overhead.

PROJECT SPECIFICS AND TIMELINE

Project Details: Provide a borehole well with electric pump, storage tank, filtration and treatment, and hygiene training. 

Total Project Cost: $5,000

– Materials:      $4,500 for borehole
– Labor:            $   500

Expected Start Date:    May 2024
Expected Completion: July 2024

FUTURE REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE

The water committee in many communities collects a small amount of money for each bucket of water. This money goes towards maintenance and repairs, and allows the 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.

CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP

Although Hope for Ghana is not a faith-based charity, our work shows 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.

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

All projects are made possible by World Changers.