The Navrongo-Bolgatanga Diocesan Development Office (NABOCADO) of the Catholic Church, has drilled 13 boreholes at the cist of 176,198 Ghana Cedis for some communities in the Upper East Region.
The beneficiary communities are Saboro/Kawenia in Nakong, Kayoro-Wumbeo, Nayagnia, Mirigu-Nabango-Nyanga, Kandiga-Lemizongo all in the Kassena-Nankana West District in the Region.
The rest are Jimbale, Soghaam, Kufuk, Gingbane, Tambok and Kinkangu also in Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo District in the Northern Region.
Inaugurating the water project at the weekend at Nakong in the Kassena-Nankana District, the Administrator of the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Diocese, Monsignor Thomas Anamooh said the Catholic Church was emulating Jesus Christ by providing the people with their social needs.
He said that ï¿½people cannot assimilate the word of God on empty stomachs and the Church can effectively win more souls for the Church if it gives critical attention to the needs of the people, especially the poor.
ï¿½ Monsignor Anamooh commended a Dutch donor group, SIMAVI for supporting the project and advised the beneficiary communities to regularly maintain the boreholes to pro-long their lifespan.
The Acting Coordinator of NABOCADO, Mr.
Joseph Ayembilla said his outfit through its Rural Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project sought to provide potable water for deprived communities that were hit by acute water shortage.
He said that NABOCADO had formed a volunteer group to educate the people on hygiene, and set up a committee to maintain pumps on the boreholes.
Mr. Ayembilla appealed to District Assemblies in the Region to provide sanitary facilities for the communities.
The Chief of Saboro/Kawenia, Pe Kojankolo Goyugu said that for the past 30 years, the community had depended on streams as the source of drinking water and thanked the Catholic Church for providing the facility.
He appealed to the District Assembly and the Catholic Church to build a classroom block for the area, saying children travelled about four kilometres to a nearby community to attend school.
The District Chief Executive for the Kassena-Nanakana West, Mr Thomas Dalu commended the Catholic Church for contributing to the development of the communities.
He said that the Assembly would assist in maintaining the boreholes and mechanise some of them to support dry season farming.