Over the past two weeks, Nicholas has visited about twenty villages, and the good news is that almost all have now agreed to pay for water in order to get money to maintain their boreholes. Even Asuafo and Anansu, who initially refused to pay for water despite several training and advice sessions, have now accepted that this is the only option if they are to get safe, regular supplies of drinking water. The only villages which haven’t yet accepted the policy are Patese, Sesease and Kokoben.
The photo shows people of Amangoase village fetching water from the borehole provided by Ashanti Development. They so far repaired their borehole twice, and also extended the height of the platform with money generated from the sales of the water. have
Here’s the link to a podcast of a radio interview carried out recently by Kathy and Dave Rees – it’s about 15 minutes in. http://cambridge105.fm/podcasts/105-drive-07-06-2013
Kathy and Dave sponsored the villages of Ekuor, Mpempe and Ntenten. They talk about this on the podcast, and about some of the other things they’ve done for the Ashanti people.
Adutwam Village’s new clinic has just been commissioned. It was funded by Ashanti Development Italia, and here’s what Antonella, who runs ADI, says about the ceremony.
“What a wonderful day today for Ashanti Development and Ashanti
Development Italia. We commission the Adutwam Health Center to the community and the local autorities. The chief was so happy – I could see from his eyes – and you cannot immagine how much I was happy. And Nicholas was so supportive, as usual.
“The ceremony was wonderful, everything perfect. I would like to tell you so many things, but the connection is so bad.
“I hope this is just the beginning. I wish to see Italian volunteers around Adutwam doing something good.”
Pentem and Ongwase village are on the brink of starting work on their household latrines. The chief has offered them a room in his palace to store cement, stones and sand and the photo shows the villagers offloading construction materials.
We’re hoping that when it’s all done and dusted, Pentem may make us a present of one of its famous drums for the museum we’re hoping to build. The drums were used for whipping up support for the witchdoctors and are famous in the area.
There’s work going on in the village of Adutwam. The community is very stable and well-run, and we’ve lent them £3,666 to buy a cornmill on microcredit terms. In our case this means they must repay the loan plus 15 per cent pa (inflation is 10.6 per cent), which shouldn’t be too painful for them. Here’s a photo of them fixing the first supports into the ground for the shed to house the mill.
ps. Just a few more days to register and vote for our project @ http://www.thisisyourplanet.com/ideas/community/324. Voting stops on June 1.