Our first and successful project: In Kanturo everything has started for us. After visiting several villages with our friend Campbell, we landed in spring 2013 in the village of Kanturo.
There was no drinking water on site and only about 120 of actually 350 children attended school. Campbell explained to us that many children would have to work in the fields or on the market. We quickly decided to help the village of Kanturo and the children living here.
After chief of the region and the administration of the Sunyani West Districts gaveus the permission to support the village Kanturp our project could start.
Since the children and villagers had to walk a few kilometers by foot to the next clean drinking water source, we ordered two well constructors from Sunyani region to build a well directly at the school.
The well was dug by hand in a period of a few weeks. At a depth of 25 meters we finally reached groundwater. Due to the enormous depth of the well we could not use a conventional hand pump to bring the water to the surface. Therefore, we decided to use an easy-to-use and easy-to-repair metal crank handle. A plastic bucket on a rope is drained into the well. The water can then be filled into other smaller buckets. In the meantime the well is lockable. This prevents garbage or plants from falling into the well. We were really proud when the villagers got the first clean drinking water from the well
A good start of or project!
After the supply drinking water was ensured, we wanted fulfill the requirements for inclusion in “Ghana school feeding programme”. For this purpose, a small kitchen hut in a nearby school was measured in order to build an identical one in Kanturo.
Afterwards we bought cooking utensils and cooking pots, which could be safely stowed in the kitchen hut.
After the meal is prepared, the students wait in a ling queue for the first school meal.
In the village of Kanturo there was already a toilet facility with a total number of seven pit latrines available. However, the doors were still locked because a large water container to collect the rainwater and a water tab to wash the hands had been missing. We have supplemented both so that schoolchildren and teachers can use the toilet.
The left picture shows the place planned for the water tank. In the right picture the finished water tank incl. water pipe from the roof into the tank and a water tap.
In order to increase the incentive for the children to come to school, we have created various playing opportunities. In addition we also bought a globe, English literature and various learning material.
A small swing was securely anchored in the ground and painted in the colors of Ghana.
A basketball and a volleyball field were built and various jumping ropes as well as soccer balls and volley balls were bought. Due to this new training possibilities a volleyball girls team could already participate in a regional competition and even win.
In order to be able to provide medical care for small scratches and bruises, two teachers, six school children and two villagers were trained as first aid workers. The first aid workers we selected during a meeting in the school by all people.
Our two coaches regularly go to Kanturo and check if the drinking water well still works and the toys are still in order. They maintain contact with the villagers and the teachers at school. At the moment the ingredients for school meals are donated by the parents and teachers. If necessary, we can help with rice so that school children receive a meal at school three times a week.
As a second location, the Kanturo-Hilfe has found the remote village Henekrom. Klick here to see how we want to support Henekrom.