Urban Borehole Project for Rural Development

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Urban Borehole Project for Rural Development: Mechanized urban water project for rural sustainability - Clean water for Ghana

Accra, GhanaAll communities, Ghana
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The Urban mechanized borehole project for rural development is one initiative that will impact both urban and rural areas.

Basically, the projects seeks to provide affordable but paid borehole for urban areas for a long term so that its cost and revenue will be used to fund rural water projects.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if rural economies become the same as urban areas through shared resources?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Water remains the big hurdle for many communities including urban areas. Coupled with this problem is the increasing prices of social amenities.Most communities depend on some sources of water which is detrimental to health. Interesting, there is abundance of water underneath the earth which has been overlooked. Clean Water Ghana seeks to provide borehole water to urban areas that has the resources to pay and use the proceeds to help rural areas.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The solution to this mirage of problems lies in the fact that society must begin to share its resources. Most urban centers have the financial resources to undertake/ support brilliant projects. On the other hand, most rural communities that today produce resources that are used in most urban places lack the ability to provide for themselves. In a clear example, there are many rural areas that produce charcoal to be used by urban dwellers but get nothing in return. In this project, mechanized borehole water systems will be developed and the benefiting organizations will pay based on flexible terms. The water will also be sold to generate more income. The paid cost and the revenue will be used to provide similar projects in rural areas
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Imagine a water project provided for a school in an urban center in Accra at a cost of GHS 12,000. Remember that is project can last over 100 years if managed well. Additionally, the school gets the opportunity to sell the water to the community with which it serves and makes extra revenue for itself which can cater for student scholarship. Supposing the school in such an urbanized area takes 3-4 months to pay for the cost of the project, a new project could have been started in a rural area from the same project. In this case, the more schools we get to make this project possible in urban areas, the more rural areas will benefit from such a project.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

The impact of this project will be great. There are three areas we hope this project will affect. 1. Increased enrollment 2. Reduced cost water provision 3. Improved health With the aspect of scholarship for the urban schools, we hope that there will be increased enrollment since the school will have funds to manage some school projects. If managed well, funds from water sales for a year can cater for students scholarship for a long time. We also believe that is will slash the cost the school spends on water usage to a very minimal figure which will cater for maintenance. For a school that pays GHS 2,000.00 for every 2 months to the state for water usage, doing this project will save the school thousands of cedis for a year. Alternatively, the school would have helped other rural areas see water. Above all, the health of people will be improved.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

The nature of the program by itself is big and already it design shows. First the project will have full impact on the surrounding environs where the school is. A borehole is always a long term investments with enormous benefit. In the next 10 years, the trickle down effect of this project for both urban and rural areas will be clear.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Largely, initial funding for the project will support the future funding. As mentioned before, any urban school where this projected is undertaken shall pay for the full cost of it but spread over a period of time. Again, the school shall sell the water and for a year, will give the proceed to the implementing organization for just the first year. This amount will be used and replicated in other areas.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Clean water in Ghana is an NGO that is dedicated to providing water for villages but its concept is clearly different from Clean Water Ghana. WaterAid Ghana is also an organization providing water for all manner of persons in society. The difference between us all is the fact that Clean Water Ghana wants to make make society better by using resources of urban people to impact rural dwellers. The propose project benefits both urban and rural people equally.

Founding Story

Emmanuel Odei Amoah is a young graduate from the University for Development Studies in the northern part of Ghana. My education gave me enough exposure to understand the needs of rural people and I have come to understand that there is hope for development. My decision to start Clean Water Ghana was gathered from my learning on how boreholes are made and its cost. I also conducted a research in 2010 in Loloto where I found out that the entire community leaves on a dam for their water. "Consider a world where all persons have access to underground water through a shared resource". My personal conviction is that just as urban dwellers have benefited from resources from rural areas, so can rural areas also see such improvements.


The team is made up three principal persons; Emmanuel Odei Amoah, founder, BA Development Studies Edna Owusu Ansah, professional teacher, also holds HND Maxwell Darko, ACCA, Accountant As the team grows, we will contract the services of research personnel's to canvas for more schools in capital cities for project implementation. We hope that our borehole expert will be brought on board to help us in budgeting in the future.