The Helping Hands Sabbath School class of the Riverside Chapel Church in Nashville, Tenn., took on the project to provide funds for a water borehole for the town of Lonto in the Kpandai district in the northern region of Ghana.
Lonto has a population of about 10,000 people, and struggles with the quest to get water from dugout wells dried up between November and May each year. Lack of portable water compels school children to trek several kilometers to Lake Volta to fetch water. This has resulted in school absenteeism and dropouts. The situation has also caused an increase in typhoid cases in the region.
Daniel Gyaminah, Salaga district pastor of the Northern Ghana Mission, shared the problem via a documentary video of the situation, and suggested a lasting solution to the water crisis. Daniel Agyemang, Helping Hands Sabbath School class leader, viewed the video and shared it with his class, and the class decided to fund a mechanized borehole for the Lanto community.
The project began on December 3, 2021. It was successfully completed, and was commissioned by Paul Dapaa Siakwan, president of the Northern Ghana Mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and Nana Kofi Wuram II, chief of Lonto, on January 28, 2022.
Wuram expressed his profound appreciation to the Helping Hands class for their unparalleled, Christ-like attitude toward his people. He assured the class of their commitment to maintaining the facility to benefit the future generation. Wuram also appealed to the Adventist church to continue building additional mechanized borehole facilities to meet the needs of their vast population.
South Central | July 2022