Ghana Association of Portsmouth (GhAP) in United Kingdom has provided a clean borehole water to the people of Kulpi in Ghana. A small subsisting farming community, Kulpi is in the East Gonja Municipality in the Savannah Region is mainly made up of Gonja and Konkomba tribes.
Kulpi like many farming villages in the area is plagued with severe lack of water especially during the dry season when there is no rain fall. The community relies on milky and infested water from a dam more than 15 kilometers away. Children, particularly girls’ education suffer as they trek this long distance to fetch water in the morning and the evening leaving them exhausted and affecting their school attendance.
The borehole donated by Ghana Association of Portsmouth will not only provide accessible clean water to Kulpi’s 500 residents and supply vital clean water the Community Clinic but also alleviate the burden of young people faced trekking many kilometers to fetch water and in so doing improve school attendance and life chances.
The community’s water problem was brought to the attention of Ghana Association of Portsmouth by Alhaji Iddrisu Mahama, one of the community leaders. Through Alhaji Mahama’s appeal, Ghana Association of Portsmouth provided £2,000 funding to support the project.
Ben Abubakar the Chairman of Ghana Association of Portsmouth spearheaded projected and was present in Kulpi to commission and handover the borehole to the community elders. In his short speech during the handover of the borehole project, Ben Abubakar entreated the community elders to not only work together to ensure the maintenance of the borehole but also work together for the development of the community. Ben Abubakar also added that Ghana Association of Portsmouth will keep an eye on the community and will explore other areas that the community and the association can work together to support the community.
Ghana Association of Portsmouth is a membership charity organisation aimed at providing support to members in times of need, organising social functions for members, promoting Ghanaian culture in its community, and working with University of Portsmouth to support students from Ghana who come to study at the university.
Ghana Association of Portsmouth is exceedingly proud to have made this donation to the good people of Kulpi and hopes that it improves the quality of life of the Kulpi community.
The provision of the borehole to the Kulpi community in Ghana forms part of the association’s social responsibility and comes in a long line of donations including the donation of food and clothes to Kumasi Children Home and the donation of fire fighting equipment to Ghana fire services in Accra. During the Covid-19 lockdown, the association provided food parcels and supermarket vouchers to some of the students from Ghana who were facing some hardship.