Many villages across Africa do not have access to readily available water and the inhabitants often have to walk many miles a day to collect water in repurposed containers. Even then the water may not be clean, and may cause sickness or even death as a result. In response, Sankofa Edition is raising funds to provide wells for villages in Africa. It costs approximately $7,500 to drill a well and your donation takes Sankofa Edition one step forward in funding our first well in Ghana.
Well Drilling F.A.Q.
Water is an absolute necessity to life and Sankofa Edition is committed to helping bring clean water to as many needy villages as possible. In countless villages in Africa, there is little or no access to clean drinking water. Often getting to the nearest water source requires the villagers to walk several miles, followed by a return trip. Most villagers carry heavy bucket or plastic drums filled with water on their heads. Even then, that water may not be clean – it may come from lakes, ponds or rivers that are shared with animals or from hand dug wells that might be located near village latrines. Such water is often contaminated and can cause sickness.
Where will Sankofa Edition drill wells?
Sankofa Edition will begin drilling wells in the Volta Region of Ghana, Africa. There are hundreds of small villages in the region, with populations that vary from less than a hundred to over 2000 people. Some of these villages have access to river or well water, but many do not and it is these villages that are chosen for well-drilling.
What is the process before Sankofa Edition can start drilling?
Once Sankofa Edition has decided on a particular village, our representatives will meet with the local chief to get gather information about the population and to determine the best location within the village to place the well. This will help ensure that the leaders of the village are closely involved in the project and are invested in its success. It also gives us a chance to gather input from the villagers and fully understand their needs before we begin drilling.
What’s involved in drilling and then completing a well?
Once we have the go-ahead to drill the well, we will work with a local well drilling company to commence the project. The drilling team drives a large 4x4 drilling rig over very rough bush roads to the selected village, sets up the rig, and begins drilling. When the rig reaches a steady supply of good quality water, PVC piping is installed to the full depth of the well. The PVC serves as the outer casing of the well and the first stage is complete. A concrete pedestal is then constructed over the wellhead to mount the hand-operated water pump, along with a circular concrete drainage area around the pump. Finally, the hand pump and its components are fitted and tested.
What happens once the well is installed?
Wherever possible, there is a well dedication ceremony. Once the well’s hand pump has been tested and is fully operational, the well is handed over as a gift to the village, and its leaders take responsibility for ongoing servicing and maintenance of the well and the hand pump.