Some eighteen (18) rural communities in dire need of potable water in the Upper West Region have finally been provided with boreholes by The Royal Bank (TRB) Foundation under its “Water for Life” project.
This project seeks to provide potable water as part of efforts to improve living conditions for people in deprived areas of the country.
The beneficiary communities includes 7 from Wa Municipal notably Sing, Boli, Jonga, Napogbakole, Kabanye, Huriya E/A JHS and Wa Zongo daily market. The rest are Zokyiere, Kpazie, Dambaale, Gbierong, Kuntaale, Sampina Khro, Loho, Vaaripuo, Kahaa and Tangasia in the Nadowli-Kaleo District.
The communities, who hitherto had to walk long distances before they could have access to water for household use expressed joy and God’s blessings to The Royal Bank for the kind gesture. This was demonstrated through special words of gratitude as well as folklore music and dance.
In the case of Sampina Khro, a farming community closed to Charikpong in the Nadowli-Kaleo district, women and children walk about 5km before they can draw water from the Black Volta which served as the only source of drinking water.
According to some women in Sampina Khro community, the rainy season is usually a blessing because they harvest rain water from stagnant sources for washing clothes, bathing and other household chores.
Commissioning the boreholes, the Chairman of TRB Foundation Rev. Faustel Asogba Cofie tasked the communities to take ownership of the facilities by way of ensuring that they are well maintained and taken good care of.
Briefing the media, Rev. Asogba Cofie, who is also a board member of The Royal Bank highlighted on the motivation behind the Water for Life project indicating that a positive impact is what the Foundation seeks to make on the lives of the needy in the society.
“… for most sicknesses or diseases that engulf our people, they are water borne diseases and so if you are going to try to help the people, you must begin from the provision of potable water. For most of the communities we visited, the sources of their drinking water – it’s either from streams or wells which are opened and all these are prone to diseases. So it is important that we go out there and offer the needed support. This is what is our driving force or the motivation for which we are going from one community to the other.”
Rev. Faustel added that provision of potable water to deprived areas is one of the underlying basis for the formation of The Royal Bank Foundation. According to him, the objectives and directives of the Board of TRB foundation are built on the vision and aspiration of the founder, the late Dr Adamu Iddrisu.
District Chief Executive for Nadowli-Kaleo, Hon. John Bosco Bomansaan who joined the ceremony in some of the communities within his area attested to the challenges people face due to the consumption of contaminated water in those areas. He thanked TRB Foundation for releasing part of the burden off government shoulders.
Hon. Bomansaan further acknowledged provision of potable water to the people as a core mandate of government and the assembly but welcomed contributions from private stakeholders.
TRB Foundation is the corporate social responsibility arm of The Royal Bank, which seeks to lessen the needs of the deprived in the areas of health, water and sanitation; education as well as culture and sports. The foundation has since constructed 80 boreholes in deprived areas across the country since inception in August 2014. The Foundation is currently constructing 12 boreholes in the Northern Region and 10 more in the Ashanti, Eastern, Volta, Greater Accra and Central Regions.