Abutia Norvisi is a rural community located in the Volta region of Ghana. The population of Abutia Norvisi, according to the 2020 Ghana Statistical Authority, is 9,707. The major economic activity in the community is subsistent farming and hunting. The people are friendly and accommodating.
History of School and Project
Abutia Norvisi Community School was established in 1964 by the Government of Ghana in partnership with the community. The school has not received any 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 353, from kindergarten to grade 6.
The school’s borehole well has been broken for years, so the students would have to fetch water from the nearby community water source. Recently, the community borehole well broke and now the students have to walk 3 km, each way, to another community to fetch water for drinking and sanitation. Now that the dry season is setting in, the situation will become worse as the pupils will have to wait in line for long periods to get their turn at the well. Time wasted fetching water multiple times per day has a negative impact on teaching and learning.
According to Bismark Avor, a grade 5 pupil, “we can only drink a cup of water when we come to school so our friends can also have some to drink”.
The community will provide labor and much of the building materials (lumber/cracked stones), which can be found locally, to support the rehab of the school's borehole. In addition, a pump will be installed and PVC piping will be used to deliver water to a poly tank ensuring there is plenty of safe water for all students at all times. 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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