Stanbic Bank Ghana has supported communities in the Tano North Constituency of the Brong Ahafo Region with a donation of GHS 23,000 for the construction of mechanized boreholes. The project, which is an initiative of the Member of Parliament for the Tano North Constituency, Madam Freda Osei Prempeh, who hopes to provide a total of ten mechanized boreholes every year to communities that lack access to potable water in the constituency.
Speaking after receiving the cheque, Madam Freda Osei Prempeh said the ripple effects of not having access to safe drinking water are dire and that is the reason for the initiative. “Safe water is a very essential commodity but at the moment, school children have to walk long distances to draw water from streams which are not safe for domestic use. I am hoping that through the intervention of this project, every community in the Tano North will have at least one mechanized borehole and I would like to commend Stanbic Bank for the support I have received from them,” she said.
Safe and readily available water is important for public health, whether it is used for drinking, domestic use and food production. Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that lack of access to safe, clean drinking-water and basic sanitation, as well as poor hygiene cause nearly 90% of all deaths from diarrhoea, mainly in children. It is for this reason that in 2010, the UN General Assembly explicitly recognized the human right to sufficient, continuous, safe, acceptable, physically accessible, and affordable water for personal and domestic use.
Stanbic Bank Ghana has over the years shown its commitment to supporting community initiatives that enhance the quality of citizens across the country. The support for the mechanized borehole project is a testament to this commitment.