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With NGOs and politicians in attendance at their Durbar festival, the leaders of Bolni took the opportunity to make requests for assistance. They want help acquiring electricity, a health clinic, a better road, and a junior high school. The speeches were broken up by musical interludes during which men and women, dressed to dance, made their way into the center of the gathered community. Many others from the audience, young and old, also joined in. One of the musical interludes was a song praising the importance of education. Even the songs were on-message.

At the end of the Durbar festival in Bolni the organizers gave token gifts of some yams and a chicken to the invited guests. The gift had to be taken home by moto, of course.

Photo credit Wendy Weber

By FBB

In a country that doesn't have a working garbage collection service, let alone a recycling program, plastic bags are a big problem. A few years ago, the Ghanaian government tried to ban plastic bags all together, but the backlash was so large that the government had to back down. That doesn't mean no one is working for a solution.

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By FBB

It's not safe to drink tap water in Ghana. In fact, many in Ghana still lack access to clean drinking water and safe sanitation. The situation is better than it was years ago but it still needs much improvement. You can see in this chart provided on the WHO/UNICEF site how the country is doing when is comes to access to quality water and sanitation. For many Ghanaians in rural areas, and for those without the ability to purchase bottled or bagged water, access to potable water is still an issue. Water-borne illnesses are still rampant in Ghana, and diarrhea is still a leading cause of death for children under the age of five. 

According to FBB's Humanist Service Corps members, filtered water is readily available to them. They can also buy bottled water, but bagged water is cheaper and available almost anywhere on the street. At the HSC home, they have bags of bagged water delivered. Each of these bags costs less than 75 cents USD and has 30 individual 50ML (about 1.6 oz) bags, which is a perfect single serving.

Ghana is a country that enjoys a stable central government and relative peace, but increasing access to sanitation and clean drinking water still poses a challenge.

 

By FBB

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