General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Dr Mensa Otabil, yesterday inaugurated the Church's Clean Water Project aimed at providing clean water to selected deprived communities.
The event, which took place at Atoman in the Ga West District in the Greater Accra Region, is one out of 20 boreholes fitted with hand-pumps, estimated at GH¢200,000, to serve over 12,000 inhabitants in 15 selected communities.
Six boreholes out of the 20 have been provided to some communities in the District.
Dr Otabil said the project is a continuation of the key ministries of the ICGC social services to the community.
'In this 25th anniversary year of ICGC, we can look back at several social programmes of ICGC including donation to the Ghana Heart Foundation, Princess Marie Louis Children Hospital, the Plastic Surgery Department of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Mammocare-Ghana, Osu Children's Home and assistance to freed Trokosi Slaves,' he said.
Dr Otabil noted that, in 2006 the Church moved to another level from giving financial and material assistance to providing infrastructural intervention and from donations and consumables to construction of permanent immovable structures that can influence a lot more lives into the future.
He said the project is the Church's contribution to eliminating some of the challenges such as the amount of time and energy expended by mostly women and children in search of clean drinking water.
These challenges, he said, adversely affected the quality of life of the residents and greatly diminished their enjoyment of the life that God has blessed them with.
'The most heartwarming aspect of the ICGC Clean Water project in our 25th year is that the youth in ICGC - Christ Temple - have opted to lead the fundraising effort. Their 'Give a Cedi a Sunday' drive has come to augment our traditional fund raising event such as ICGC Life Walk in December and other special events organised by the Church.'
Dr Otabil said it is his prayer that the project will open the hearts of the communities it serves to the life transforming power of Jesus Christ, the true living water who offers abundant life to all who trust in him.
Mr Sam K. Addo, Deputy Coordinating Director of the Ga West District, commended the Church for going the extra mile to provide social amenities and noted that the provision of good drinking water will enhance the social fortunes of the communities around Atoman.
He urged the beneficiary communities to take good care of the facility.
Nii Ofori Annan, Chief of Atoman, commended the Church for bringing good drinking water the community has been longing for, adding that, travelling for long distances in search of water will be a thing of the past.
The community presented a ram and foodstuffs to Dr Otabil in appreciation for the kind gesture.