Akome Gbota is a rural community located in Ho-West district in the Volta region of Ghana. The population of Akome Gbota according to the 2020 Ghana Statistical Authority is 10,927. The major economic activity in the community is subsistent farming and hunting. The people are friendly and accommodating. Akome Gbota Community School was established in 1923 by the Government of Ghana in partnership with the community. The school has not received major development from the government since its establishment, so the community members always come together to support the school through communal labor. Being the only school in the area, the school population currently stands at 351 from kindergarten to grade 6.
The school lacks a decent washroom facility. The one they currently have now is a death trap and exposes the pupils to all kinds of danger. Recently, a grade one pupil fell in the toilet pit when she saw a snake hiding around the structure. This has not been the first time such an incidence has occurred. The chairman of the School Management Committee confirmed a grade 6 pupil was bitten by a snake and due to this some of the pupils choose to walk home whenever they need to use the washroom. This has a very negative impact on teaching and learning. Unfortunately, the lack of a proper toilet facility has prevented many children from coming to school at all. The chief of the community is worried this will negatively impact the development of the community in the near future.
The community will provide labor and much of the building materials, which can be found locally, to support the construction of new washrooms for the students of Akome Gbota. Our implementing partner, Volunteers for Amelioration of Rural Areas, will be in charge of ensuring the success of this life-changing project.
H2O for Life is not a WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) project implementer. We have partnerships with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) implementing WASH in Schools projects around the world. Our NGO partners match funds needed for each school project. We also have a generous donor that provides us with an interest-free loan that, along with matching funds, allows for many projects to be started or possibly even completed before total funds have been raised. In rare situations we reserve the right to reallocate funds to alternate project(s).
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