Kwahu - Tafo Ghana Project

We are working with the Kwahu-Tafo Development Council Kwahu-Tafo is one of a group of towns on the high Kwahu plateau, about three hours' drive to the north of the capital Accra. It has approximately 5,500 inhabitants. The Kwahu Ridge contains some of the highest ground in Ghana, and some remarkable geological features such as Buruku, a towering sacred rock. In Tafo the air is fresh, and the land was historically lush (the name Tafo means literally 'my ladle is full', indicating that originally there was good hunting in the area). In recent times, however, deforestation, bush fires and climate change have severely affected the cocoa crop and other farming, and reduced the people to their current impoverished state.

What are we currently doing ?

• Ghana is one of the countries worst affected by poor sanitation. In rural Ghana just 11% of the population have access to adequate sanitation facilities.

• Kwahu Tafo is typical of rural Ghana. The only public convenience being of the long drop variety with no flushing water or septic tank.

• The waste from the town is kept in basic pits within the community where it is exposed and can seep into water courses.

How are we combating water and sanitation issues in the town ?

• Monitor and maintain wells and also help harvest rainfall more productively during the rainy season.

• Dredge the river through the coordination of the local community and the use of heavy plant equipment. As part of the programme semi-deciduous trees which hold their leaves in the dry season will be planted along the river bank to reduce evaporation. A community maintenance programme will also be set up to ensure the ongoing maintenance of the river.

• Provision of septic tanks.

What impact do we hope to have on the ground ?

• Reduce School absences due to illnesses amongst children and reduce overall infant mortality rates through the provision of clean water and sanitation.

• Increase the overall level of education for children in rural areas.

• Generate a capacity for self-development in education, health and infrastructure, and employment.

• We work in close partnership with local individuals and organisations to ensure that the projects chosen and the resources allocated reflect local needs and priorities.