Team Embak, a student team from the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, have provided a modern mechanised borehole to the residents of the Duta Community in the Volta Region.
The community has been beset for years by acute water problems and have had to depend largely on rain water, travelling long distances – sometimes as far as the Republic of Togo – in search of water, or drawing from wells which have been polluted by cement dust from the Diamond Cement Ghana Limited (DCGL) company which is in very close proximity to the community.
The gesture by Team Embak is thus, expected to relieve the community of its water problems and provide easy access to potable water. The mechanised borehole has the capacity to pump about 10 000 gallons of water into an overhead tank from which residents can access the water.
Team Embak won the 2016 edition of the Community Service Awards, Ghana’s biggest platform for tertiary students to exhibit volunteerism and patriotism as their contribution towards national development. It is organised by Osei-Kusi Foundation (OKF) and Selfless4Africa Inc. (S4A). It was initiated with the aim of cultivating a spirit of volunteerism and community service among young people.
Team Embak used their winnings along with donations from other individuals to accomplish their project. Members of the team include Maame Afua Kpodo-Tay, Baba Abdul Hakim, Ernest Vog-Enga Wannah, Diana Akua Johnfiah and Divine Kporha.
WRITER: FERDINAND SENAM HASSAN