THE QUEST TO SAVE A GENERATION
The Global Shapers Ho Hub, last year, became the only Ghanaian winners of the Coca-Cola Shaping a Better Future Grant Challenge 2016 – a competition that awards acceleration funding to sustain and expand initiatives led by members of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community.
Global Shapers Ho Hub initiative, the “Water Purification Project” won the popular vote of members of the Global Shapers Community as a Shaping a Better Future finalist, and was selected as a Winner by a high-level panel of judges representing the World Economic Forum, The Coca-Cola Company and Harvard University.
In June 2017, the Ho Hub of the Global Shapers Community received the award of $10,000 grant for their “Water Purification Project”. Their funding from Coca-Cola will accelerate the project’s work to enhance access to clean water by developing boreholes, distribute water storage tanks, and installing water dispensers. The initiative will have a positive impact on community health and well-being in Ho, Ghana. Not only will the newly created water access help reduce the risk of waterborne illness and disease due to poor sanitation, but also it will reduce the time and labor intensive process of fetching water from far away water sources, which negatively impacts children’s ability to attend school.
In kick starting the Water Purification Project, Global Shapers Ho Hub led by Founding Curator, Tsonam Cleanse Akpeloo and incoming Vice Curator, Courage Christson Tetteh visited the Adaklu Anyingbe Community to meet with stakeholders and beneficiaries of Phase I of the Water Purification Project on Sunday, 25th June, 2017 to enlist their support in mobilizing community participation.
The community engagement was a huge success as a durbar of community leaders, community members, teachers and some pupils of the Kpogadzi Primary School were present. They shared their views and excitement towards the drilling of boreholes, access to sustainable water solutions and the main objective of improving health and educational outcomes in the Adaklu Anyigbe Community which will ultimately transcend to other affected Communities.
Engaging the community will continue from June till September. Global Shapers Ho hub plans on starting drilling works in early September with the participation of local technology companies and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Organizations.
After commissioning of the Water Purification Project, a sustainability plan will be implemented. This will involve a toll system which will generate money for the Community from the provision of safe, clean water at a low cost for the maintenance and repairs of the boreholes and water storage facilities. Education on cleaner drinking water solutions and sanitation measures will also be inculcated.
Thank you Coca-Cola Shaping a Better Future Grant Challenge!