3 Villages in 3 Weeks: Opening Day in Nyanguripe!

Thats right! Just a few short days after opening the water business in Gilanzegu, CWS opened our 10th water business in the village of Nyanguripe. This water business was sponsored by Stephen and Marie Nolan at last year’s Medfield Fundraiser. We were so excited to get it up and running! Thank you Stephen and Marie for your support!


The Nyanguripe dugout - this community's only source of water.

Nyanguripe is a rural village of about 280 people,  located in the Central Gonja District of Northern Region Ghana (like Kampong and Gilanzegu). Like all CWS villages, the only source of water in this community is a dugout – a fecally contaminated, turbid, surface water source that is shared with the village livestock. In addition to being our 10th village, the water business in Nyanguripe is the 3rd unicef-cws partner community.

I had a particularly good time working in Nyanguripe because I was training our two new translators, TJ and Wahab, who we recently hired to help out with the 2011 winter fellowship program.  TJ and Wahab are extremely hard-workers and fast learners. I had so much fun working with them in Nyanguripe and was impressed with how quickly they picked up on the CWS model! Here are some pictures from our work in the community:



Rolling alum balls at the Nyanguripe water treatment center.


Garaou filled with dugout water.


Water treatment training day 1: Using alum to remove turbidity from the water.


Water treatment training day 2: scooping the water into the polytank and treating it with chlorine
Peter and Shak came to village one day to help us distribute safe storage containers. Here is Peter securing a tap to the safe storage container.


Opening day at Nyanguripe! Almost every household came to fetch water (and the people that couldn't make it came the next day!)
Clean, safe, drinking water.
The beautiful CWS ladies at Nyanguripe working hard (but still having fun!) on opening day!
New CWS translator, Wahab, at Nyanguripe at opening day!
Happy customers bring home their clean drinking water in their CWS safe storage containers.
On the way to Nyanguripe we found an awesome sunflower farm! It was beautiful!
The sunflowers are being farmed for their oil.

The main reason that we were able to open in three new communities in such a short period of time is that Shak and Peter, two of our awesome Ghanaian staff members, have started leading village implementations on their own. You may remember that Peter opened his first water business in Cheko and he did a great job! We continue to be impressed with his work ethic and patience when working in the field.

After working for CWS for 8 months, we decided it was time for Shak to follow in Peter’s footsteps and start leading implementations as well. He was in charge of setting up the water business in Gilanzegu and he did an amazing job. We are very excited for Shak and are proud of how far he has come in the past 8 months! Thank you Peter and Shak for your hard work!

TJ, Shak and Wahab

One thought on “3 Villages in 3 Weeks: Opening Day in Nyanguripe!

  1. Kate:
    Thanks so much for your terrific work and for acknowledging us in your post on Nyanguripe! This gives us a special reason to be thankful this Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving to you!
    Steve and Marie Nolan

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