A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Project Maji, has built and handed over a solar-powered water plant to the Kojo Ashong Basic School in the Ga West municipality in Greater Accra Region.
In a speech read on his behalf at the handing-over ceremony, the Chief Executive Officer of Project Maji, Mr Sunil Lalvani, said the water plant was the fifth installation in the country and the first to be provided in partnership with the WVI.
He said Project Maji aimed at providing one million people with easy access to clean water by 2025.
“It is our hope that this will be the first of many life-changing projects that will be implemented by both organisations for the good of the people of Ghana,” he said.
Mr Lalvani said the design of the water plant came after many months of in-field research and testing, adding that the use of the solar-powered pump made the plant more robust and reliable than a hand pump.
“It delivers a higher capacity of water at the time it is needed and it also has nine dispensing taps to meet the needs of a rush of children in between classes,” he said.
An added advantage, he said, was that the facility was also remotely monitored, so that in the unlikely event of any operational problem, a technical team could be quickly dispatched to the site to rectify it to ensure uninterrupted flow of water.
The Head Teacher of the Kojo Ashong School, Mr Enock Teye, commended Project Maji and the WVI for the gesture and promised that measures would be put in place to protect the facility.
He said before the plant was provided, the management of the school had difficulty in getting potable water for the schoolchildren, noting that the facility would also benefit the community.
For his part, the Regional Operations Manager of the WVI, Mr Joshua Baidoo, said the partnership with Project Maji in the Kojo Ashong project would help improve education.