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Water Brings Life

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Lucy Amedeka tells the story of a life-changing development in her community in Ghana – their first water well.

My name is Lucy. I am a cassava dough trader. My husband and I have a small cassava farm. I harvest cassava roots, peel and wash them, then take them to the mill to be ground into dough. The dough is then put into sacks to drain the water and sold to market women as cassava dough. Most use it to cook local delicacies.

In Abodobi, where I live, the main source of water was a small contaminated dam. We fetched water from this dam for cooking, drinking and cleaning. This caused our children to get sick frequently with waterborne diseases such as guinea worm, typhoid and diarrhea.

I am glad that, thanks to God, our children survived it all.

During the dry season, the dam dries up, so my children and I would walk about six km (3 miles) in search of water. There are times that it took almost a whole day just to get five gallons of water. On one occasion, I left home at four o’clock in the morning to fetch water from the dam and returned at one o’clock in the afternoon with only two and a half gallons.

Days like those, I couldn’t go and help my husband on the farm and the children were late to school.

As a community, we appealed for help from the local government. Then one day, I don’t know what happened, but the next thing I knew, World Vision staff were in our community telling the community we would have a well. True to their word, we saw huge trucks that we had not seen before in the community. Before we knew it, we had a borehole.

For the first time in living memory, we are able to fetch clean water in our community. Our children are able to fetch water within a few minutes and then go to school. It’s been three weeks now and none of the children have fallen sick. I am so happy because I can now wake up early to fetch water, get the children to school and still have enough time to go to the farm to help my husband and get back when the sun is out to sell cassava dough to market women.

Thank you!

Note: World Vision is currently constructing 9 boreholes in the Fanteakwa District to provide clean water for over 4000 children and their families.

Photo©2016 World Vision, Joseline N. Annan

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