These past few weeks I’ve been busy out in the villages where boreholes have been drilled and where CRS/Ghana implements its various community programs. I had the chance to visit 6 communities (Kpemale, Gbangu, Dindani, Nanyier, Kolinvae, and Wawa) where WATER drilled from 2007 to 2009. I’m happy to report that all boreholes are pumping water and that the local Water and Sanitation Committees are working to support the water sources. And I wanted to share one quote from Kpemale’s committee chairman Duut, where WATER and CRS drilled a borehole near the primary school in 2007.
He said, “We needed water and couldn’t get it, so when someone offers you it’s your job to ensure that it’s well managed. And that’s a job we can play.”
I think that epitomizes what W.A.T.E.R. is all about, connecting everyday people with everyday people. Donors in the U.S. find themselves wanting to do what they can to support safe drinking water for their brothers and sisters, however far away they might be. Community members then volunteer their time as committee members to make sure that the water their village was given continues to keep them all healthy.
It’s certainly not easy. There are many challenges facing the communities I’ve visited: water, health, hunger, and education, among others. But instead of getting discouraged or overwhelmed by the task at hand to work alongside my brothers and sisters for a better future, I choose faith. I’m choosing to take one small step at a time, recognizing that we cannot do great things, but only small things with great love. I can see that everyday, people choosing compassion. We will find ourselves in a more just and humane world as people continue to act out that compassion in solidarity with others. I choose to have faith that everyone can do something and that we will.
I want to thank you for following me this summer as I spent time in northern Ghana where W.A.T.E.R. has sponsored borehole projects. I’ve enjoyed sharing my experiences with you all. All good things come to an end, and so does my time in Ghana. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to really get to know the work that W.A.T.E.R. and its partner Catholic Relief Services/Ghana is doing with rural communities in Ghana. I look forward to sharing more with you in person during our “Wine into Water” events soon.
Thank you to all of you who made my visit unforgettable!