The Baptist Child Development Programme (BCDP) on Friday launched a project to provide safe drinking water for Kasuliyili and surrounding environs in the Tolon District of the Northern Region to address water related diseases in the area.
The Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is funding the BCDP to construct the facility with an estimated amount of $77,000 Canadian dollars, which is to be completed within a year.
Mr Evans Sinkare, the Programmes Manager of CCFC, launching the project at Kasuliyili, stressed the importance of potable water to deprived communities and assured of CCFC’s resolve to support vulnerable communities with some basic needs, including quality drinking water.
He said the CCFC had over the years helped deprived communities including Kasuliyili with school infrastructure, hygiene and sanitation programmes, vocational training as well as assisting farmers to increase productivity.
He said the project among others, would supply the necessary equipment, including pumps, solar power plant, storage tanks, concrete tap pipes, valves and faucets as well as providing a fence to protect the equipment.
He appealed to community members to cooperate with the contractor, who would work there, to ensure that the project was completed on schedule and assured that more needs assessment would be made to provide the community with the needed assistance.
Mr Terry Ansah, the Board Member of BCDP said the NGO would continue to engage stakeholders in planning, implementation and monitoring of projects, including water and sanitation to ensure that the people benefitted.
He said the hours used by girls and women in search of water would be a thing of the past if the project was completed and advised the community members to take ownership of the project to prolong its life span and assured of regular maintenance.
The Kasuliliyili-Lana, Alhaji Yakubu Bukari, expressed gratitude to CCFC/BCDP for the assistance to the community and assured that his skin was open to all individuals and organizations interested in community development.
He appealed to government, to as a matter of urgency, come to the aid of the community by providing the Kasuliyili community with pipe borne water from the Nawuni River, which was about 14 kilometers away from the community to ensure that the people got continuous good drinking water.
Alhaji Bukari, who is also the Principal of the Bagabaga College of Education appealed to government to absorb the only Senior High School in Kasuliyili with a population of about 300 to improve conditions. GNA