Hlefi is a rural community located in the Ho-West district in the Volta region of Ghana. The population of Hlefi according to the 2010 Ghana national census authority is 5,129. Eighty percent of the people in Hlefi are farmers and the rest traders and hunters. Due to the traditional nature of economic activities in the area, the people are largely poor. Despite their level of poverty, they are very welcoming and committed to joining hands with helpers who come to the community. Due to this sense of ownership, the community has been able to build a clinic, police stations and a school. Hlefi Community School was established in 1951 by the Government of Ghana in partnership with the community. The school currently has 157 students from Kindergarten to Grade 6.
The school has no source of safe water nearby. Students are forced to walk 2.5 miles, roundtrip, to fetch water from the community borehole several times per day. Time wasted fetching water means less time for their studies, leading to poor performance in the classroom.
Project Proposal: Rainwater Catchment System
Construction of a rainwater catchment system on school grounds will provide immediate water for drinking, handwashing and general cleaning. In the future when the community is connected to water from the national grid, the water tank will serve as storage and an onsite water dispenser.
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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