Ghana trip Day 6
As our group went to a village called Futa where Saha water business was introduced in January this year, I saw the importance and difficulties of behavior change and education.
We visited several households in Futa and checked their safe water storages. We asked some questions about Saha business and how they think about water. Some of them were really thankful to Saha for making access to clean water for the community and how they monitor constantly for its sustainability. Yet, we faced some households that still not completely understand why it is not safe to drink dugout water.
It taught what I was skeptical about; Are we doing something really for the community or it is just for our satisfaction that we make changes for them?
It is true that people in Northern Ghana still drink water that is contaminated by human or animal feces. However that’s what they have been doing for a long time. It is hard to make them understand that it is unsafe to drink those contaminated water. If there are two water in your village: one is clear water told by NGO and proved by many testing that it is clean, and the other one is sandy brownish water taken from a pound created by rain water, you think you would take the first option. Well… not in those villages. Even if the distance to the clean water is closer than the other, people bring their budget and take their water from dugout.
Each member from our group took turn explaining about the water situation and how it is unsafe to drink dugout water. In the end, people from the community told us that they were happy that we explained that for them and they will drink only clean water. I couldn’t tell if they said that to seriously mean it, but I’m glad that at least we were able to explain for them and they didn’t seem to be bothered listening to us. I hope that the time our group spent in the village today was as worth for the community as it was for us.