As part of measures to get more boreholes drilled in the rural areas at affordable prices, that the Project Maji Foundation has indicated its preparedness to make available solar-powered boreholes for as low ten thousand Dollars in the country.
The Project Imaji Foundation claimed that technology can be used to solve this age long activity of water scavenging in the rural areas of the country.
Speaking at a press conference in Accra, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the foundation, Sunil Lalvani said it saddens his heart when children of school going age have to trek long distances scavenging for water when there is technology to make their lives better.
He said over eighty hundred million people in the world lack safe water and out of this number three hundred and fifty million lives in Sub-Saharan Africa.
‘’It is about time something significant is done to provide safe water for these less privileged people that the project was birthed he explained.
He minces words to say that eighty percent of all hospital admissions in the world are occupied by people with water borne diseases.
He explained that the project intends reaching out to one million rural people in the country by the end of the year 2025.
He noted lack of clean water in the villages can make people very unproductive as they spend long hours looking for water for their household chores.
He said ‘’ our technology allows us monitor our entire project remotely from our cell phones’.
This, he said will ensure that the sites remain functional even after the managers have left.
In a related development, the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Volta River Authority (VRA), Sam Flecther said the solar-powered boreholes are need in the rural areas to save lives in the rural areas.
According to him, sixty to ninety-four percent of people around the Volta River have Bilharzia because of lack of save water.
He said the project can be used to prevent rate at which people get infected by this diseases in these areas.
Project Maji Foundation, a non-profit foundation, with Indian technology which focuses on creating sustainable access to safe drinking water in the rural communities.
The project since its inception in Ghana has provided fifteen thousand accesses to safe water and will this week open nine new sites in addition to the already existing ones.
Water scarcity is one of the leading problems affecting more than 2.1 billion people globally. Approximately three in ten people worldwide lack access to safe water and readily available water at home.
Access to clean water continues to cause illness and stifle growth in emerging countries.
While Ghana has made progress, many communities still do not have access to safe drinking water.
It is in view of this, that the project has partner with organizations such as Binatone, Shalina, Volta River Authority, World Vision, Melcom and Poly Group.