Published on: 01/02/2019
Goamu Asamang community has three wells and pumps for 1,800 people and none of them work well. Children miss schooling because they are helping the family collect water or waiting for parents to return from the pump.
There has been little maintenance on facilities installed in 1985, 2003 and 2012. In fact the oldest pump works best but it suffered a major failure in early 2018. The community made a collection to repair it and that exhausted their budget as there are no regular payments for water.
Frimpong Patterson, who is a teacher and secretary of the community Water and Sanitation Management Team, says that they are virtually bankrupt in terms of money for repairs. He does not know how they will manage if there is another failure.
Felicia Agyemang, mother of 8 and a grandmother is worn out by the time she has pumped her containers full. "When the pump breaks frankly we suffer. We must go with our husbands to fetch water at night so that in the morning our children can go to school. If you fetch water in the morning, you cannot think that your child will go to school."
Chief Nana Amoah Baafi wants to see his community have mechanised pumps and hygienic KVIP latrines to replace their current communal pit latrines. But this community has no plan for achieving this – and is waiting for the District Assembly or an NGO to bring them into existence.
"In these villages, what we see is that for our schools and water and all other things, it is the district assembly which helps us and other NGOs also come to help," he says.
When challenged all the communities say they are willing to pitch in with physical labour and whatever little funds they can raise. Communities are supposed to manage water supplies but they have little experience in developing, improving and sustaining them.
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