Voices from the Field: Team G

Team G here (Katie, Caitlin, and Brittany)! Two days ago we opened our water business in Kagburashe, which was very exciting. We got to our village around 7am and upon arriving to the dugout, were very pleased to see a number of CWS safe storage containers already lined up by the polytank, ready to get filled up with clean water. With the help of several villagers, including the children, we developed an orderly and quick distribution system. Our translator, Mohammed, helped the ladies fill up the buckets while Brittany kept track of which had been filled and paid for. Katie and Caitlin played with the children and helped the women in line. In about two hours we filled 43 buckets and several children’s water bottles (who gave the water rave reviews, by the way)! Since our village is comprised of about 46 households, we were thrilled that almost everyone came out for opening day!

Caitlin with the women who run the CWS water business in Kagburasche

Here are the two women who run the water business in Kagburashe. They were chosen by the Chief and elders and will be in charge of maintaining the water business after Team G returns home. It was amazing to see these women in action; they quickly learned the water treatment process (first using alum as a coagulant and then chlorine as a disinfectant), and how to keep track of sales. We have full confidence in their ability to run the business and are excited that they will be making a small profit in addition to providing their village with clean drinking water.

Brittany and Katie with our taxi driver, Hamza

It was awesome to see the bright blue, green, and purple CWS buckets sitting on the heads of our village women and girls instead of the dirty metal ones they usually use for water. So bright and clean, reflecting the healthy water that now sits inside. Everyone was so happy to see the clear water flowing out of the polytank spicket. We hope that the villagers continue to take care of this water and take care of themselves. At the end of the day our translator took us to his home, where his mother prepared a celebration meal of Fufu—a traditional Ghanaian meal consisting of beaten down yams and a spicy tomato sauce. Katie and Brittany even tried some fried rat! What a day for new things all around!!

-Caitlin, Katie and Britany

Voices from the Field: Team I

Kristen and Sarah hanging out with the awesome kids from Buja while on our way to do some household visits

Ahntray from Team I! Today we hit the road at 7:30am and began Day 1 of monitoring in our village called Buhijaa. We went household to household to check that each family using their blue bucket for clean drinking water from the polytank. If we found a household that wasn’t using it properly, we would have them correct it on the spot. Fortunately, almost every household we monitored today had a full bucket of clear drinking water! We took a sample of each and went to the lab for testing to be sure their water is free of E Coli and other bacteria.

Melissa taking a water sample to test in our lab

It is fun because we get to have conversations with the women in each household to ask them about how they are enjoying the water and make sure everything is running properly. Their answer was always: YES! We love the work you’ve done!

Kristen, Shak, Sarah and Melissa in Buja

The chief has been so thankful that we came to their village to help provide them with clean water and keep them healthy. Everyday we greet him and he gives us his blessing. Today, he gave us a live chicken and a lot of yams and explained how he wished he could do more for us. Sarah had the pleasure of riding home in the back of Shak’s truck with the chicken tied up by her side. And let’s just say, it’s not exactly the smoothest or fastest ride to our village. We are about an hour and a half away from Tamale and parts of it could be debated as to whether it is even actually a road or not!

Team I: Kristen Sarah, Shak and Melissa with our chicken from Buja!

As our time here draws to a close, we will be going out for dinner as a group with all the fellows to a restaurant called SWAD. See you back in the states in a few days!

All the best,

Melissa, Kristen, and Sarah