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19.11.2004 Regional News

AUSAID provides borehole for Kejabil Community

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Kejabil (W/R) Nov.19 GNA - The Australian Government Aid (AUSAID) through World Vision, Ghana (WV-G) has provided the Kejabil Community in the Ahanta West District with a borehole fitted with hand pump at a cost of 84.6 million cedis.

Speaking at a durbar of chief and people of the area to inaugurate the borehole at Kejabil on Wednesday, Mr Jacob Kutin, a representative of WV-G, said under its water and sanitation programme, the Organisation had provided 48 boreholes fitted with hand pumps for 37 communities in the District at a total cost of 2.9 billion cedis.

He said in collaboration with the District Assembly, Community Leaders and other stakeholders, WV-G had sank 488 million cedis into the construction of 150 individual household toilets and 12 eight-seater KVIP public toilets for the people

Mr Kutin said WV-G had intensified health education programmes and this had contributed to the total eradication of cholera and water borne-diseases, which were prevalent in the area.

He said the Organisation, which began operations in the District about 10 years ago, had collaborated with the people and a number of institutions to provide health, educational and sanitation facilities and organised skills training programmes for the youth in the area. He said WV-G had five years to wind up its operations in the District, adding that the period would be used for capacity building and training of more than 500 people to ensure transformation and attitudinal change, particularly among the youth, to ensure better life.

Nana Eben Ayeboafo, Chief of Aketenkyi and Mr Paul Woods, Programme Officer of World Vision Australia, inaugurated the project. Mr Woods commended the people for the effective collaboration with their development partners including WV-G to make their operation beneficial to the people of the area.

Mr Peter Amenu Kpornyo, Ahanta West District Coordinating Director said the people should not expect the Government or other organisations to provide them with all their need and, therefore, advised them to plan and initiate self-help programmes.

"You should not continue to be beggars, you must grow and do things for ourselves," he said and called for the proper management of the projects.

Nana Kwaku Darko III, Chief of Kejabil, expressed the people's gratitude to WV-G for the assistance and called for the provision of additional educational, health and sanitation facilities for the people.

At Agona-Nkwanta, Mr Woods, on behalf of World Vision Australia presented six water tanks valued at 42 million cedis to the Ahanta West District Assembly for distribution to selected communities in the District.

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