Gnani Village Community Well

Water may not seem like a big deal to most of us, in fact, you may have found yourself having to set reminders to even drink water! However, the story is far different for the people of Northern Ghana, where during the dry season temperatures can reach over 105° every day. Dawun is one of those people, a member of the Gnani church of Christ and mother of three daughters ages 6, 7, and 12.

For most of her life, Dawun was forced to walk through the exceedingly hot temperatures two miles every day, from her home in Gnani to the Oti river, just to collect water, a basic necessity. Oftentimes this water was undrinkable, infected with bacteria that made her and many others sick. Despite this, Dawun, continued to visit the nearby river every day, as she did for most of her life. The water in that river was the only resource she and her children had, and she understood how vital it was for her family.

Not having to take that treacherous journey only to bring back dirty, unhealthy river water would be life-changing for Dawun and her daughters.


Effecting Change

Aided by the loving people of Searcy, AK, Water for West Africa worked together with Healing Hands International to produce a Walk4Water that raised over $20,000 for the Gnani community. Dawun, her children and neighbors now have nearby access to invaluably clean, safe water for the many years ahead. Her children will be able to live fuller, happier, healthier lives.

“I am grateful to God and to the people who donated so I have clean water close by to care for my family”  -Dawun

Clean water is priceless, and we can help get it to those who need it most. If you want to get more involved, you can sponsor a well for $7,500, start a walk or fundraiser, or donate directly on our website at