Mim, GHANA

IN PROGRESS

STATUS

PEOPLE SERVED

DOLLARS FUNDED

FUNDED JULY 3, 2024

Mim is a poor village located in the Ahafo Region of Ghana. Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Preparatory and Junior High School was founded in 2001, creating a private institution to educate the needy children in the Mim community.

The school has 300 hard-working students from nearby villages, learning in an unfinished school structure with severely limited resources. The teachers and students have no access to clean, potable drinking water, forcing many students to stay at home rather than walk long distances to fetch contaminated water.

Students at Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Preparatory and Junior High School depend on a man-made “dugout” one mile behind the school for their drinking water. The dugout is shared with animals, creating very unhealthy water for consumption. Unfortunately, the dugout dries up during the dry season.

During the dry season, students are forced to walk a half mile away to various streams. Traveling to these streams can be treacherous, as students travel through thick, bushy areas at significant risk of getting bitten by snakes, and along dangerous open roads, at risk for motor vehicle accidents. The long walks constantly expose students to mosquitoes, increasing their risk of malaria.

These young students desperately need clean water for their survival. The children get sick very often from consuming contaminated water. Clean water is desperately needed to reduce the morbidity and mortality of potentially severe waterborne diseases that afflict them, including bilharzia, typhoid, cholera, dysentery, and other diarrheal illnesses.

OUR EXPERIENCE IN THE REGION

Hope for Ghana recently met with the headmaster of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Preparatory and Junior High School to understand the school’s circumstances and their dire need for clean water.

Hope for Ghana, with our water engineer with whom we have worked for several years, hopes to drill a water borehole at the school. Our water surveyor has confirmed the optimal point for drilling.

Our water engineer and our team on the ground will be constantly monitoring the effectiveness and proper use of the borehole. The very dedicated and committed headmaster will ensure the safety and proper usage of this gift. Our engineer will provide periodic maintenance for both the borehole, ensuring the longevity of this project, with all major maintenance costs coming to Hope for Ghana.

ACCOUNTABILITY

Steve Greene, MD, Hope for Ghana’s President, is on the ground in Ghana for 4-5 months per year, managing and evaluating all projects. Senyo Gbormittah, Hope for Ghana’s VicePresident 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 available to donors. No funds are used for the personal use of our team or for administrative overhead.

PROJECT SPECIFICS AND TIMELINE

Project Details: Provide a borehole well with hand pump, and hygiene training.

Total Project Cost: $5,000

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

Total Funding Requested: $5,000

Expected Start Date:   August 2024
Expected Completion: October 2024

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.

CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP

While 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.

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 dugout. The morbidity and mortality of waterborne diseases will significantly be reduced.

Eighty percent 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 are able to attend school, and their performance is 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 on both students and teachers at Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Preparatory and Junior High School in the Mim community will be felt today, and for generations to come.

All projects are made possible by World Changers.