Volta Revival Foundation, a non-governmental organisation in Ada, has distributed water purifiers to some island households in Ada in the Ada-East district of the Greater Accra Region.
The foundation, in collaboration with a US manufacturer of the product, Lifestraw, are providing the rural families who have no access to clean portable water with this domestic device which will help communities enjoy clean water.
The beneficiary families have no access to pipe born water and need to rely on untreated water from the River Volta and dug outs in their communities. These families along the river will use the filters to purify the river water before drinking.
The foundation has also, for the past years, been supporting some deprived families in Ada to rescue and bring back to school their children who have been engaged in fishing (child labour) on the Volta Lake at Yeji and Akosombo.
Speaking to the B&FT, the manager of the foundation, Julius Odoi Amesimeku, said though the main purpose was to help fight water-borne diseases such as schistosomiasis, which is very prevalent in the communities, the device will also help the rural poor during this time of the deadly COVD-19. He was grateful to LifeStraw for the collaboration and also used the opportunity to encourage Ghanaians not to forget the less privilege in this difficult period of the virus.
Some of the beneficial families were full of praise for the foundation for the regular support. They added that the water purifier will help them purify the river water before drinking which will in turn help prevent schistosomiasis and other water-borne diseases.