Foundation provides potable water to communities in UWR

By
Bajin D. Pobia, GNA

Dapuori (UWR), Aug
28, GNA – The Royal Bank Foundation, a benevolent organisation dedicated to
supporting the needy in society, has provided 18 boreholes to 17 communities in
the Upper West Region.

The Royal Bank
Foundation, which was founded by the Late Alhaji Adamu Iddrisu, is now known as
Alhaji Adamu Iddrisu and The Royal Bank Foundation.

The bank has
provided water for more than 30,000 inhabitants from some selected communities
in the Nadowli-Kaleo District and suburbs of Wa as well communities in the Wa
Municipality, who hitherto depended solely on untreated water sources such as
opened wells and streams.

Some of the
community members said they had been suffering from perennial water shortages
and also suffer from water borne diseases such as skin rashes, bilharzia,
typhoid fever, cholera and chronic diarrhoea which they claimed had caused many
deaths in the area.

Besides, domestic
animals such as goats, sheep and cattle were worse hit during the dry seasons
when water in the streams dried up.

Naa Baire Faalong,
the Chief of Dapouri, told journalists at the inauguration of the boreholes by
officials of the Alhaji Adamu Iddrisu and The Royal Bank Foundation at the
weekend that several inhabitants had lost their animals through rustling as
they strayed to other communities in search of water.

He said access to
clean and fresh water was the main concern of community members and that the
provision of potable water should not be taken for granted adding “clean water
is life and wealth for the people as it helps improve health and enhances
agricultural production and incomes”.

He expressed
gratitude on behalf of the inhabitants for the project which had also provided
troughs for use by domestic animals which are their source of livelihood and
income.

Some of the
boreholes are also sited close to schools to help provide clean water for
pupils and students, a vision the inhabitants had lauded. 

Reverend Faustell
Cofi, the Board Chairman of the Foundation, said the main objective of the
Foundation was to give back to society in areas of health, water and
sanitation, education, culture and sports.

He said the
Foundation had associated with the physically challenged to give them gainful
employment, embarked on maternal and child welfare campaigns, provided
assistance for mental health and special needs children and supplied potable
water to people in deprived communities.

The Foundation’s
education policy is focused on supporting needy but brilliant children in
schools, providing teaching aids to deprived schools, renovation of school
buildings and promoting and supporting entrepreneurship activities among the
youth, he said.

Madam Comfort
Daasah, a housewife at Gbierung in the Nadowli-Kaleo District, said the
provision of the boreholes would help improve health, hygiene and social
outlook as well as the economic livelihoods and agricultural productivity among
women.

“We will also pay
more attention to our children education. 
We can now bath our children on time to go to school and learn,” she
said.

During the rounds,
journalists observed that even though the Upper West Region claimed to have an
enviable water coverage of 76 per cent of the population, several communities
are still without potable water supply.

GNA

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