In March, 2010 we, in partnership with Rescue Aid Foundation (RAF), worked in 2 villages to address water issues. Adawukwaa, located in Ghana’s central region proved to be difficult for drilling by hand (a lot of rock). However, the village already had the means for distillation of a cane sugar alcohol product. Although we were not able to put a well into that village, we are looking to work with RAF and village elders to convert an abandoned still into a water purification station. We then moved on to the Volta region (Togbui Zonyibah Ativedome) and drilled a successful well there, improving the quality of the water supply (they were using a pond), and reducing the walk for water by 2 miles. This was also the first field trip for our Associates, Scotty and Christine Longmire. A very successful trip all around.
Hands of Mercy took an EXP-50 with them in May, 2006. The motto of the group is “a hand up, not a hand out.” We like that. June/July of 2007 will see Every Child Ministries engaged in a water-based community outreach. They will be using solar pumps in conjunction with hand drilled wells. The team plans on drilling in various areas throughout the country.
Adawukwaa – Ghana’s central region
Well digging, borehole training, hygiene training, soap making, new technologies introduction.
In March, 2010 we, in partnership with Rescue Aid Foundation (RAF), worked in 2 villages to address water issues. Adawukwaa, located in Ghana’s central region, proved to be difficult for drilling by hand (a lot of rock). However, the village already had the means for distillation of a cane sugar alcohol product.
We built and installed a simple Canzee pump out of PVC. In the end we were able to install a working, simple pump that the women and children were are able to use. We were surprised at the type of soil we found here. We expected the water table to be much shallower. The soil here had lots of hard clay. It is also somewhat expensive here for resources, costing approximately $375 to dig, build, and establish a pump and well system. But, the items we bought were some of the best supplies that I have found in Africa. The PVC was very thick and strong, and of high quality. With Patrick and Revelier being permanent fixtures there, I truly believe that more pumps will be built.
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