Mr Kwaku Tweneboah Ofosu (right) being assisted by Abusuapanyin Ofori (in cloth), chief of Asasekorkor, to cut the tape to inaugurate the mechanised borehole. Looking on is Mr Carlos Arko (extreme left), the project manager
The Rotary Club of Accra-Labone has handed over a mechanised borehole to the people of Asasekorkor, a community in the Okere Constituency of the Eastern Region.
The facility which was mainly funded by Devtraco Limited, with additional funding by Rotary Club Accra-Labone at a cost of about GH¢26,000, has an iron filter and four water distribution points.
The community has over the years been plagued with water crisis. The only borehole that served the community had a high iron content (more than 10 mg/litre) beyond the World Health Organisation (WHO’s) acceptable standards.
As a result, the people had to depend on a stream that also served as a source of drinking water for animals and which usually dried up in the dry season.
Speaking at the handing-over ceremony at Asasekorkor on February 29, 2020, the President of Rotary Club Accra-Labone, Mr Kwaku Tweneboah Ofosu said the project formed part of the club’s flagship programme dubbed “Clean Water, Our Survival” to drill boreholes for deprived communities in Ghana.
“As a club, we are committed to the social transformation of communities. There are many communities that lack basic amenities. We want to make them feel they are a part of us and we will do our best to contribute to the socio-economic development of such communities,” he stated.
The Director of the project, Mr Carlis Arko, urged the community to maintain the facility and practise good personal hygiene to ensure the objective of ensuring the social transformation of the community comes to fruition.
“We also invited people from the Community and Sanitation Department of the Ghana Water Company Ltd (GWCL) to train a water committee formed to ensure that the project is sustainable. The people will be charged a token to cater for the electricity bill and other maintenance costs,” he added.
The Group Sales and Marketing Director of Devtraco Ltd, Mr Jorge Osorio, whose company had pledged on July 4, 2019 to partner with the club in its development projects and committed to sponsoring the borehole project, reiterated the company’s commitment to help the poor and vulnerable through the execution of life-changing projects.
“We are not just a profit-making company but a company that is interested in transforming the lives of people. We have benefitted from communities so it is our way of giving back and we are proud to do that,” he stated.
To complement the club’s efforts, G2 Medical Laboratory Services also screened members of the community for health conditions such as high blood pressure, malaria, diabetes, breast and ear problems. They were also sensitised to the need to develop good eating habits and go for regular medical check-ups.
The Chief of Asasekorkor, Abusuapanyin Ofori, expressed his gratitude to Rotary Club Accra-Labone and Devtraco for their intervention which he described as a “life saver”.
He pledged that the facility would be maintained to serve its purpose.
Abusuapanyin Ofori also appealed to the government to come to their aid and provide them with good toilet facilities and passable roads.