Romel Mackelprang – June 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm June 26, 2017 kmewhinney Leave a Comment Romel Mackelprang says June 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm June 22, 2017 was a good day for the village of Otoasi, Eastern Region, Ghana as they celebrated the culmination of a water project that has more than doubled the water available to the village through the construction of a second water tank to supplement the first tank and raising of the walls of both tanks. Through the hard work of Madame Louisa Enyinam and her husband Daniel, the generous contributions of a few US donors whose names are memorialized on the plaque at the water site, and the in-kind toil and labor of the village, water security has been significantly improved at the site. At the village celebration, the village elders and chiefs, as well as local officials have committed to raise funds that our little non-profit will match, to bring the water right to the village so that children will no longer be required to trek up to 10 times per day, up to a half hour each, to fetch water at the site. And, after the project is complete, there will be a fee schedule to treat the water and to maintain and service the equipment. No more missing or falling asleep in school because of fetching water when the next phase is completed. Partnerships and jointly investing in village infrastructure; not charity. I am thrilled that 17 students and faculty at Eastern Washington University had the opportunity to attend the festivities and contribute to a community day of labor at the site of the tanks.