Many of us will never struggle to fulfill our fundamental needs, yet all over the world, men, women and children are not as fortunate. Three million people in Ghana lack access to a safe water supply. In countless communities across the country, children are dying every day because their most basic human needs are not being met. Lacking access to clean drinking water is an unimaginable struggle we may never face, but we have the power to help those that do.
Abina and Portia are two Ghanaians who knew the struggle all too well. Their community village of Gyanvuuri battled illness, infection and despair due to poor sanitation and a lack of clean water. Community members like Abina and Portia walked over two miles every day to collect unsafe water from a scarce pond shared with animals. These walks took time and opportunities away from community members and were extremely dangerous for women and young children. Consuming this unsanitary water diminished the health of Gyanvuuri people, sickening and killing many. Without access to clean, quality water, the community could never reach its full potential and the wellbeing of the Gyanvuuri people was frequently at risk.
With the help of the Tabernacle Church of Christ of New Jersey and our partnership with Healing Hands International (HHI), Water for West Africa (WfWA) has provided new water wells to several communities in Northern Ghana. Gyanvuuri is one of those communities now blessed with clean water and the lives of Gyanvuuri community members are already being transformed.