Akim Kotokuom gets potable water with Belgian support.

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The Citizens of Akim Kotokuom (near Akim Oda) in the Eastern Region of Ghana will henceforth enjoy quality drinking water and improved hygiene. This was made possible through the Provision of Potable Water and Proper Sanitation for Four Rural Communities project initiated by the Community Livelihoods Support Organisation COLISO with its Belgian partners.

The project partners are the Fund for Development Cooperation FOS, the Flemish Community Government, the City of Antwerp, The Water Company TMVW WaterLink and the Ghanaian Community in Belgium through their umbrella organization Ghana Council Belgium.

The project consists of the mechanization of boreholes and the construction of water distribution systems where taps are mounted on public pipes sited at strategic points within the Communities. Akim Kotokuom community members are beneficiaries of six public pipes with 18 taps which have been constructed as part of the project that commenced at the end of January 2014. The official commissioning of the completed water system at Kotokuom was held on 25th of Jul 2014 with a durbar of the Chiefs, and community members from Akim Kotokuom and the nearby villages.

Mr Kwaku Acheampong , President of Ghana Council Belgium and also representative of FOS Belgium, Mr. Tom Budu, the District Chief Executive of the Akyemansa District, Nana Oberempong Boakye Akoto II (Chief of Akim Kotokuom), Mr. Isaac Asare (Board Chairman, Coliso) and other board members from Coliso Ghana and Mr Vanderstichele, graced the tape cutting occasion with their presence.

The Commissioning event was complemented with a health education program with the theme WATER, A FUEL FOR LIFE. Free health screening exercise on Eye, Diabetes, BMI and Blood pressure were also conducted for about 300 people.

The next phase of the project is also a mechanization of borehole and the Setting up of water distribution systems through public standpipes in TANO ODUMASE in the Ashanti Region, Wassa Saah in Western region and the provision of sanitation facilities at Jema Nante in Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana.