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Capacity Building

Community discussions on improved water access thanks to borehole repairs and manual drilling

In the remote rural community of Cornerboy, in Ghana's Assin North District, community members demonstrate how they are using and maintaining their repaired borehole.

In the remote rural community of Cornerboy, in Ghana’s Assin North District, community members demonstrate how they are using and maintaining their repaired borehole.

Victoria Okoye and Delali Kumapley traveled to Central Region this week as part of project lessons learned fieldwork on manual drilling and borehole repairs, two innovative activities that the project piloted in the past year.  Victoria and Delali traveled to six communities in total: Cornerboy, Sekan Bodua and Tonfoku, each of which had received major repairs on the community boreholes; and Bueko Junction, Awutu Breku Domeabra and Seseko, which had received manually drilled boreholes. They also met with water and sanitation team members from the Assin North Municipal Assembly and Assin South District Assembly, and discussed the project’s activities with the project field officers in the field: Philip Aratuo (Field Officer overseeing the completion of activities, and Anita Agyei, Behavior Change Agent).

In the discussions, both Assembly representatives admitted that before the GWASH innovations, they were not aware of the potential for manual drilling or borehole repairs to address water access needs in their constituencies; now, they would be interested in seeing these initiatives continued, especially manually drilling for remote communities, which had previously only been done in Senegal, Chad, Niger and Ghana’s Upper West Region.

“I would recommend that [USAID] continue these types of interventions,” said Mr. Osei, a member of the Assin South District Water and Sanitation Team.

Learn more about the Ghana WASH Project team’s innovations implementing manual drilling in Central Region:

Professionalization of Manual Drilling in Ghana
Water Consultant Jon Naugle, GWASH Project Water Coordinator Dominic Osei and consultant Bouboucar Ahmed’s work on manual drilling initiatives were presented at the February 2013 WEDC Conference in  Nakuru, Kenya.