September 2013 to June 2014 Goal:
Clean Water project, village (Tugyapalsi), Ghana
This is a picture of the village at Tuguyapalsi. There are approximately 100 homes and several hundred people who have no clean water. The homes have a grass thatched roof and the seams of the walls of the hut are made with a mixture of concrete and cow manure. During the hottest part of the year (and frankly, it is hot most of the year), the stench from the cow manure is very bad. It also creates a methane gas and is quite toxic. Since there is no ventilation, the people must sleep outside on the ground in order not to die of carbon monoxide poisoning.
This is the river where the people of the village get all their water – for drinking as well as washing their clothes and bathing themselves. You can imagine the parasites and bacterial infections that could come from this water.
It has always been for generations and generations that the women and girls are the ones who have to carry the water. Here you see a woman carrying a baby on her back and the heavy pot of water on her head at the same time. This is the main reason why girls do not have time to go to school. Their days are filled with the necessities of life – trying to find water and bring it home.
This is another picture of the women carrying the water back to the village where, if they have time, they will boil it before they drink it. However, since they cook only with charcoal and they must first MAKE their charcoal, they don’t always purify the water before they drink it. This is one of the main reasons for disease amongst the people.
This is a picture of what little water is left during the dry season. After the rainy season, the river dries up and they have to go farther to find water. The heavy pots of water they carry on their heads often causes neck and head injuries, as well as spinal injuries and back and neck pain constantly. You can only imagine!
This is a picture of their crops. They grow corn, sweet potatoes and during harvest season, they carry these crops to market – once again balancing all this on their heads as they walk 4 miles to town.
This is the personal home where Kubi and Abu, along with sister, Rubi, and little brother, David, and their grandmother come from. The house has been in the family for at least 3 generations. Their grandmother recently passed away in early 2013. When she died at age 86, people came from miles around to pay their respects, as she was the eldest person to have survived the village life. Average life expectancy is in the 50’s.