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16.08.2005 Regional News

NGO to provide Adaklu-Tanyigbe with potable water

GNA

Keyime, (V/R), Aug.16, GNA- Manos Unidas, a Spanish non-governmental organization (ngo), was prepared to provide potable drinking water and electricity to the people of Keyime in the Adaklu-Anyigbe district of the Volta Region.

This would however, depend on the community's co-operation towards the early completion of a 757.9 milion cedis six unit classroom block it was building for the community.

Very Reverend Anthony Kornu, Vicar-General of the Ho Diocese of the Catholic Church stated this at the commissioning of work on the project at Keyime last Monday.

Very Reverend Kornu said Manos Unidas's decision was prompted by the heavy toll, which acute water shortage and lack of electricity in the area was having on the standard of living, education and economic activities in the Community.

He advised parents in the community to invest what little money they have in educating their children rather than on drinking and other festive activities.

"Many of us from poor rural backgrounds are what we are today because our parents sacrificed everything they had to educate us," he said. He said education was the surest way of getting out of the poverty bracket because children unlike clothes do not fade instead, "if you build them up today they will in turn build you up tomorrow", he assured.

Mr. Daniel Agbesi Latsu, Assemblyman for the area initiator, of the school project with assistance from the Catholic Church, said the Keyime dam, which was the only source of water supply for domestic use and for other economic activities collapsed almost nine-and-half years ago. Meanwhile Togbi Ahiagba Kpodoave III, Awafia of the Ziope traditional area admonished the people of Keyime to change their lukewarm attitude towards organizations and people who were prepared to help them improve on their living conditions.

He indicated that but for the inhabitants lack of co-operation the community would have been enjoying good drinking water, which was to have been provided by the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) a few years ago.

At that time, he said the people felt self-sufficient with water from the dam, which incidentally collapsed a few weeks later.

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