[dropcap]W[/dropcap]antugu (NR) – Seven solar-powered mechanized boreholes had been completed for the Wantugu community in the Tolon District to supply the population with safe drinking water.
These have a combined capacity to supply over 75,000 litres of water daily for the more than 8,000 residents.
The boreholes were constructed by the Baptist Child Development Programme (BCDP), a Christian NGO operating in the Northern Region, with funding from Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC).
Mr. William Anin-Dankwa, acting Country Director of the CCFC – an international child centred NGO, speaking at the official inauguration, noted that access to potable water “had been a scarce commodity” in parts of the region hence the decision to fund the construction of the project.
He said it was one of many that it had supported through the use of solar power technology to impact positively on the lives of people in its operational areas.
Mr. Anim-Dankwa said the NGO had so far provided 12 dugout dams, 167 rain water harvesting tanks, constructed 26 hand dug wells, connected five communities to pipe borne water and assisted three others with solar mechanized water systems.
CCFC since its inception in 1996 has worked effectively with children, families and communities to ensure that children lived their dreams to play meaningful role in development.
Mr. Abdallah Abubakari, the Regional Minister in a speech read on his behalf, said the CCFC had proven to be a trusted partner in development and pledged to give support to it in the implementation of projects and programmes that would benefit the people.
He hailed the NGO for the good job it had been doing, citing infrastructure development in areas such as education, improved water, sanitation and hygiene, health and nutrition among others, which had improved the living standards of the people.
He assured the community that the government would continue to work hard to address its felt needs.
Mr. Abubakari advised the community to properly maintain the facility to prevent it from breaking down.