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14.01.2010 Diaspora (USA)

Kwakwaduam Association Inc of New York embarks on a Water Project for Akropong School for the Blind

By Alex Boafo
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The Kwakwaduam Association of New York has embarked on a Project to provide portable adequate water for the School for the Blind at Akropong Akwapim. The project is estimated to cost about $28,569. The project concept is to sink three bore holes with hydrofracturing capability. The bore holes are to mechanized and the water pumped to overhead storage and distributed the water by gravity to strategic points in the school including the girls and boys dormitories, the kitchen and the staff quarters. Work has already started and the bore holes have been sunk. Completion of the project is expected by the end of March. It is anticipated that this will solve the perennial water problem at the school.

Hitherto, the school has no sunk well of its own but has limited access to a community pump located at the entrance of the school. This pump is incapable of meeting the school's demand let alone the public. The blind children have to walk to this water source and compete with the community at large to utilize this facility. There is no mechanized distribution of the water. Water has to be fetched and carried to the kitchen for preparation of food. This is not only inadequate but posses the problem of enhancing water borne diseases.

The Akropong School for the Blind which was established in 1945 with four students now has a total student population of 350 students and 150 staff including their families.

You would recall that last year Kwakwaduam Inc donated new clothing and other items worth $3,500. 00 to the school.

The Kwakwaduam Association Inc of New York is a non profit organization whose mission is to foster a close social, cultural, economic, educational inter-relationships between its members and the community and to organize activities aimed at improving same as well as the quality of lives of the people living in Akropong in particular and Ghana in general.

Commenting on the Project, the President of the Organization Dr. Aniapam Boafo, a Gynecologist in New York, said he was thrilled about the prospects of getting this project done and thanked all individuals and organizations that donated to the fund raising effort.

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