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GHANA 2012 WATER BRIGADE Dec 27-Jan6
Christina Lawson (UConn Volunteer)
Shannon Ronca (Cedar Crest College Volunteer)
ABOUT THE BRIGADE:
This was our chapter’s first trip to Ghana and one of the first water brigades in the entire organization to go to Ghana. We worked alongside the villagers to complete this project. We spent 8 days in the village. Our first and last days were opening and closing ceremonies. The opening ceremony included dance contests and in-home visits where we asked people questions about their lives and water. The other 6 days in the village we worked to help provide clean drinking water all year round. Our 25 volunteers along with 10 Indiana University members split into four groups. They were construction, education, sustainability, and water quality.
CONSTRUCTION: We worked on building the community center that we put the rain water harvesting system on. They also installed the system with two polytanks.
EDUCATION: We did surveys to figure out what the community needed to be educated on. They then put together lesson plans to go around the village with. Education along with water quality and sustainability gave individual presentations to homes. Education concluded with a smaller version of the in-home presentations at our closing ceremonies.
WATER QUALITY: This group helped identify what was in the water of the villages and came up with proper storing techniques. A major problem for the villagers was that they would leave water sitting out all day. So they bought large storage bins with lids, and then fitted them with taps at the bottom.
SUSTAINABILITY: This team worked on the running of the water system. They had meetings with the village’s water council everyday to iron out details. They also worked on how the council itself would be elected and how long terms would last. They also worked on the pricing of the water to ensure it would be able to maintain the system and pay the worker who administered the water.
This is a small presentation with pictures from the trip. GhanaPresentation.pptx