Clean Water a Blessing for Thousands

Clean Water a Blessing for Thousands

News Release

Just over 19,000 residents in rural villages of the Sewfi-Wiawso Municipal District are enjoying fresh, clean water thanks to 18 borehole projects completed by LDS Charities, the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The boreholes were officially presented to the village water committees during ceremonies in February.

 

“Our children get to bathe each day and they go to school on time,” said a mother of four in the village of Essakrom. “I did not get up today at 3:00 AM to fetch water from the stream. Today there were no arguments over water. Getting water at this fetching point is a blessing to everyone in our village.”

“I used to carry water four kilometers for my family,” said Kwabena Madu, a 15 year old from Bosomoiso. “Now I can fetch water near our home. My mother, my father, and my sisters…We are so much grateful.”

A goal of LDS Charities is to provide communities with clean water sources, improved sanitation facilities, and proper hygiene training. Families receive training on proper sanitation and hygiene practices from a designated trainer in their community each week during the project.

Clarence Kofi from Accra has been a site manager and hygiene trainer for some of the projects. “Besides bringing water, we also teach hygiene,” said Kofi. “I have seen first-hand how clean water changes the way a person views their life. Clean water really makes a difference.”

Stephen Bassigi, Desk Officer for Sefwi-Wiaswo Municipal Assembly, has been a liaison with LDS Charities and the communities where the boreholes are located. “Working with LDS Charities has been a blessing in my life,” he said. “People in the villages are happy, my supervisor is happy, and I am happy! Your church gives a plan to follow and it works.”

“Latter-day Saints have sacrificed so these villages can have water,” said Bassigi. “God has blessed us, but He will bless your members more. Like they say, ‘The hand that gives, receives even more’. This water is a blessing for all.”

One hundred percent of every dollar donated to clean water projects at LDS Charities is used to help those in need without regard to race, religion or ethnic origin.

“When I am working on these water projects, I realize how much I have been blessed,” said Joseph Sowah, a contractor for LDS Charities. He continued, “When I see how people struggle, just to get a drink of clean water, it makes me appreciate my blessings even more.”

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