Kongo Senior High School
in the Nabdam District of the Upper East Region has been supported with a
mechanized borehole to address the pressing challenge of acute water source
that has been affecting academic work of students in the school.
Students for the past
years have been wrestling with community members in their search for potable
drinking water to the detriment of their academic lessons. This exigent
situation caught the attention of a Catholic Priest and Philanthropist,
Monsignor Rev.Father Roger Abotiyuure.
Availability of potable
drinking water to all which is one of the bosom priorities of the Priest made
him to reach out to solicit funds from his international friends and contacts
to address the challenge.
Speaking at a ceremony to
handover the project to school in Kongo, Monsignor Abotiyuure said his friends
supported him to construct the mechanized borehole after he shared ordeals
people go through before getting potable drinking water through letters.
According to him, his knowledge about the situation of the Nabdam area with regards to water, prompted him to bequeath the project to the school.
“Since I had a lot of
friends all over Canada and the States, I write them letters of which I always lament
that people have no water to drink and there was this Cardinal who was in Rome
and in those days when I was going to Rome, very often we were accommodated
there …so I became known to that Monsignor but he was not yet a Bishop but he
became a Bishop and we met again then they transferred him to New York and he
is the Cardinal for New York…so he got my Charismas Letter and told me that I
should drill the borehole so that he will handled that” he explained
Abotiyuure therefore impressed upon the school’s authorities and students to
ensure that the borehole is put into judicious use and maintained to serve its
Assistant Headmaster In
Charge of Administration, Adiisi James expressed gratitude for the kind gesture
extended to the school describing the project as a ‘timely intervention’ while,
the students assured that they will use the hours of searching for water to
learn to become beneficial to society.
The Water Project was
attached with a plaque in honor of Bishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Michael
Dalan in collaboration with Msgr. Marc Filacchione and Angela Torres both from
the Society for Propagation of Faith of Archdiocese of New York.
Meanwhile, Msgr. Roger Abotiyuure has for the
past years contributed to the development in the area of Education, Health,
Infrastructure and to a large extent the catholic churches in the Upper East
Region and beyond.