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09.03.2006 Regional News

International Needs Donates water filters to Kanuwloe community

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Kanuwloe (VR), March 09, GNA - The inhabitants of Kanuwloe, a deprived farming community in the North-Tongu District, on Tuesday received a donation of 100 water filters from International Needs Network (INN), a non-governmental organisation to help them purify their drinking water.

The filters made from clay, complete with plastic containers and fitted with pipes at the base and covers, cost a total of 20 million cedis, including handling charges.

The donation followed the detection by a team of Canadian water experts on an INN organized outreach in the community last year that sources of water contained viruses and bacteria including bilharzias for which many of the people showed signs of infection.

Briefing the community on the use and handling of the filters Mr Cromwell Awadey, Head of Projects of INN, said his organization, which has completed a block of six classrooms with toilets, store and kitchen for the Kanuwloe Primary School at the cost of 650 million cedis with funds from a Canadian Christian charity, is determined to help reduce deprivation in all its adopted communities including Kanuwloe. Mr Awadey announced the arrival to the area next week of a foreign Christian medical outreach team to screen and treat the people free of charge and urged the community to take advantage of the facilities and services that would be made available to them.

Mr Awadey said INN's sponsored free-meal-a-day for pupils in schools in the area would soon take off and asked them to get themselves organized in support of it.

Mr Sylvanus Kobla Adukpo, the Volta Regional Head of INN, appealed to women in the community to enrol in INN skills training programmes to learn marketable skills to help them improve on their incomes.

Togbe Voduga, an opinion leader, appealed for the building of a clinic, saying it is difficult transporting the sick to Adidome Hospital, 30 kilometres away or by boat to Bator Hospital. The women also called for support for their farming projects, extension of potable water and the construction of feeder roads in the area.