THE COCA-COLA SHAPING A BETTER FUTURE CHALLENGE
THE QUEST TO SAVE A GENERATION -
A GLOBAL SHAPERS HO HUB INITIATIVE
“The success or failure of our future generations lies in the impact we make today - Global Shapers Ho Hub.”
Agbesi, Edem, Dziedzorm, Dzordzoe & Dzorgbenyui, five brilliant Primary Six boys at the Kpogadzi Salvation Army Primary School, a Rural Community-based School located 5km from the Ho Township in Adaklu Anyingbe, Volta Region, never wondered why their School’s drinking water was so dirty. Why because, this was what they had been drinking since infancy.
Their friends in other classes skipped school frequently because they were getting sick each day and all Mr. Zokli, the Headmaster, had prescribed for that kind of sickness was magnesium trisilicate tablets. No one knew why Edudzi & Edotom died. It was evident that their water was contaminated and no one knew what to do, there was no hope of a solution.
For Etornam, a pupil of Kpogadzi Salvation Army Primary School, the stagnant pond was also where mosquitoes multiplied and spread the malaria that she contracted frequently. Skin infections, cholera & several water-borne diseases were rampant amongst the school children. This Community had suffered and endured the negative effects of not having access to clean drinking water for several years.
The stagnant pond that serves the Adaklu Anyingbe Community lies in the densely populated forest at the outskirts of the Community. Pupils of the school have to trek a distance of 20km to this pond each day for drinking water whilst having to compete with residents of the Community and animals who also contaminate the water with their excreta.
THE SIGN OF HOPE
On 20th February, 2015, the Global Shapers Ho Hub embarked on Phase I of the Water Purification Project. The ultimate aim was to donate to the Kpogadzi Salvation Army Primary School, a portable Water Purifier Machine. This Machine filters and purifies the contaminated water, purging it of all unwanted bacteria and viruses, making it safe for drinking.
The Water purification project is to provide good treated water to address the contaminated water problem in the Adaklu Anyingbe Community, reduce lost school hours, improve good health needs and the educational outcomes of the children at the Kpogadzi Salvation Army Primary School.
THE GREAT FULFILMENT
With so much excitement and smiles on the faces of the children, the Global Shapers Ho Hub watched as they had their first taste of clean water from the Water Purifier.
No matter how far the journey to Kpogadzi Salvation Army Primary School was, the Global Shapers Ho Hub was determined to bring hope to the pupils of the School.
It took the heart of soldiers to make this possible. The Global Shapers Ho Hub will continue to champion this cause by providing sustainable clean water solutions to the Community with the drilling of boreholes. We must prove to the World that no matter the impossibilities, we will lead the way, be a voice for the voiceless and a beacon of hope for our generation.