Facilitate Clean Water for Poor School Students in Ghana

ACT built Waqf Well in one of the poorest schools in Ghana. It aimed to facilitate clean water for students who previously had to walk long distances to get water.

Students in Ghana
Students in Ghana stand in front of Waqf Well from Indonesian benefactors. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, ASHANTI REGION – The water crisis has become an unsolved problem in many countries in Africa. Based on the UN World Water Development Report 2019, the United Nations stated that in Sub-Saharan Africa, only 24% of the population have access to safe drinking water, and 28% have basic sanitation facilities.

Ghana is one of the countries in Africa where it is difficult to get clean water. In some areas, residents have to walk long distances to get clean water.

This shortage of water sources affects the livelihood, socio-economics, and health of Ghanaians, particularly children. In one school in Maase Village, Afigya Kwabre District, Ashanti City, students there reportedly have to walk long distances to get clean water to drink.

Global Wakaf builts Waqf Well

To solve the problem of clean water in Ghana, Global Wakaf-ACT endeavored to provide a water source not far from the school in Maase Village. Supported by Generous Friends, Ghanaians can access clean water from Waqf Well without having to walk far.

Firdaus Guritno from ACT's Global Humanity Response team explained that more than a thousand students, staff, and the community around the school became beneficiaries of Waqf Well. Construction of Waqf Well was completed in November.

"This Waqf Well can produce up to 10 thousand liters of water per hour. Students and the surrounding community do not need to worry about the cleanliness of the water because the water from the well will pass through a filtering system. Hence, the water is clean and suitable for consumption," said Firdaus, Wednesday (11 /17/2021).

One of the teachers at the school where Waqf Well is built. (ACTNews)

Agyman Boaten, one of the teachers at the school, admitted that he was grateful for the construction of the Waqf Well at his school.

"I and all the teachers and staff here are grateful to the Global Wakaf-ACT team and the benefactors who have built a Waqf Well near our school. Through this well, we hope to get easy access to water, especially for our students," he said.

In addition to consumption, Waqf Well helps the Muslim community there to worship. Muslim population in the Ashanti region is high. "They can use the clean water from this well for ablution to remove all dirt before starting to worship," concluded Firdaus.[]