JAN 28, 2019 – BACK TO WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
I started my travels this year with a trip to Ghana as its going to be a busy 12 months ahead. Thanks to the generosity of so many partners and donors, we have 20 sites to complete in the first quarter of this year and need to continue working to hit our target of 100 installations by the end of 2019.
It’s always a pleasure to visit the country. From the moment you land in Accra, the local people make you feel welcome and our collaborating partners there are as passionate and enthusiastic about supporting our cause as we are. I leave the country bursting with energy and optimism knowing that we have what it takes to serve potable water to 1m people by 2025.
Critical to this is ensuring our solutions are optimised to work in harsh environments and constant monitoring of our running sites, especially the earlier ones, to make sure our constituents receive an ongoing sustainable supply of drinking water.
In this vain, on this trip we travelled back to the Central Region to visit our very first Project Maji site. The location where it all began 4 years ago. It was fantastic to see the kiosk being patronised and working as well as it did on day 1 (or perhaps better as we had upgraded that one to receive mobile payments one year ago), serving the community of Atintun as we had intended.
The commissioning of that site on World Water Day in 2015 was the first step in what I planned to be a life changing journey for 1,000 villages. We are well on that journey now, but I was not expecting to be so overwhelmed with emotion upon my first return to site 1 for more than 2 years.
The people were even more wonderful than I remember. Gracious, polite, welcoming and grateful. I was overjoyed to see them. Seeing how the kids had grown was fantastic and speaking to the ladies in the village, it was so satisfying to learn that sickness from water borne disease has pretty much been eradicated. Kids were going to school and women working instead of spending hours walking to get water every day.
I can’t put into words the pride and satisfaction I felt. To see a dream like this materialise. To see a team of dedicated professionals work tirelessly to execute such a challenging vision. I feel privileged to be in this position and driven to oversee ongoing and even greater change!