Accra, Sept. 9, GNA
– Project Maji, a non-governmental organisation committed to the provision of
sustainable and affordable potable water, has provided the Kojo Ashong Basic
School in the Ga West Municipality a plant for clean water.
The $ 10,000
facility, undertaken in partnership with World Vision International, will
benefit over 234 school children who had to walk long distances in order to get
water for use in school.
The solar powered
plant, developed and installed by Project Maji is the fifth installation in
Ghana and its first in partnership with and World Vision International.
The Project Maji
solution is a simple yet clever solution, using solar power to pump water from
deep boreholes with no reliance on outside sources of power making the unit
both independent and sustainable.
Project Maji aims to
provide one million people with easy access to clean water by 2025.
“It is our hope that
this will be the first of many life changing projects that will be implemented
by both organisations for the good of the people of Ghana,” the Chief Executive
Officer of Project Maji, Mr Sunil Lalvani said in a speech read on his behalf.
Mr Lalvani said the
design of the water plant came after many months of in-field research and
testing, adding that the use of the solar powered pump makes the plant more
robust and reliable than a hand pump.
“It delivers a
higher capacity of water at the time it is needed and it also has nine
dispensing taps to meet the need of a rush of children in between classes,” he
An added advantage,
he said, is that the facility is also remotely monitored so that in the
unlikely event of any operational problems, a technical team could be quickly
dispatched to the site to rectify any issues to ensure uninterrupted flow of
Mr Joshua Baidoo,
the Regional Operations Manager, said the partnership with Project Maji in Kojo
Ashong would help enhance the quality of education as the period children use
to search for water is drastically cut.
He appealed for
maintenance to protect the life span of the plant and assured of the water
committee working with the school to ensure that was achieved.
Abbey, Deputy Director of Education, Monitoring and Supervision, Ga West said
the project would go a long way to sustain the life of the children and improve
the quality of education.