World Vision Ghana has invested GHC 4.5 million in carrying out development interventions in the Kintampo South District of Brong-Ahafo Region in the past five years.
Mr Charles Hubert, National Director of the child-focus non-governmental organisation, said the money had been spent on water, sanitation and hygiene, child health and nutrition, agriculture and education.
He was speaking at the inauguration of a borehole and sod cutting ceremony for work to start on the mechanization of a water supply system at Amoma in the district on Wednesday.
Mr Hubert said the NGO had drilled 125 boreholes in 54 communities in the district to provide potable drinking water for 37,500 residents.
He said with the support of the District Assembly and the beneficiary communities, the borehole had led to a reduction in the prevalence of water related diseases.
In the education sector, Mr Hubert said World Vision Ghana had partnered with the District Directorate of Education to supply 5,400 textbooks as well as other teaching and learning materials to 35 schools and this had benefited 4,400 pupils.
He said it was also implementing the Ghana Reads Project at Jema Catholic Primary, Peninamisa District Assembly Primary, Ntankoro District Assembly and Krabonso Methodist Primary schools.
The project provides digital reading materials for beneficiary schools to enable children to practice their reading proficiency independently and in small groups while teachers monitor their progress.
Other interventions in education, Mr Hubert said, included the supply of 2,175 dual desks to 24 schools in 12 communities for 4,350 pupils, renovation of four-unit primary school at Sabule and construction of a six-unit primary school block with a store and library at Krabonso.
He said the NGO was working with the District Directorate of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to help farmers undertake alternative income generation activities such as mushroom and honey production.
Mr Hubert added that about 1,611 farmers made up of 747 women and 864 men in about 15 communities had been trained in improved agricultural practices such as crop production, planning and use of organic fertilizer or green manuring.
About 771 of these farmers have already adopted the planting of improved crop varieties such as cowpea, maize, cassava and rice, he added.
Dr Adelaide Kastner, Chairperson of the Advisory Council, World Vision Ghana, said the provision of water and hygienic sanitation facilities were among the top priorities of the NGO.
“Our objective, working in partnership with the government, is to ensure that every household is able to have at least clean safe water within 30 minutes of walking distance and also have access to hygienic sanitation facilities”, she said.
She acknowledged the strong partnership between the NGO and the District Assembly, communities, chiefs faith-based and other organizations and was hopeful that such partnership would be strengthened.
Nana Yaa Afosaa, Queen mother of Amoma, commended the NGO for its continuous support and appealed to the government to re-shape the Amoma main road.