From Isaac Akwetey-Okunor
The lives of many school children in Beposo, Amanfrom and Miawani, all in the Eastern Region, are in danger as they have to cross the Densu River daily to and from school at Asuoya and Tei Nkwanta in the Akuapem North Municipality.
The danger has been heightened, especially as the rain sets in, as there is no means of crossing the river – boat or canoe.
Information gathered by this file, indicated that, in the past years some children and adult drowned in the river while attempting to cross, adding that, two people died just last year.
As part of its support to rural communities, As I Grow, an Akuapem-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), is appealing to the government and other bodies to come in and support these kids and the communities.
Speaking to the file shortly after a tour to the areas, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NGO, Mr. Isaac Debrah Bekoe, said that most of the people living as far as Koforidua, Adweso, Mile 50, Okorase, Tei Nkwanta and Asuoya also have their farms near the river.
He further disclosed that when the river overflows its banks, it blocks their movements, leading to hunger and economic hardship.
There is only one canoe which was donated by Adom TV and is used by all the people, but is in an awful state, hence the need for other bodies and the government to assist in acquiring another.
In a related development, the NGO is further collaborating with Rabbi Charity International (RCI-UK) in raising GH¢10,000 to provide toilet facilities for rural communities in the country.
According to him, in Ghana many primary school children in rural communities have no access to toilets and urinals in their schools, and the few that have are compelled to share the facilities.
This development, Mr. Bekoe explained, contributes to the denial of the rights and privacy of the children, a situation that has led to the project dubbed “Supporting the children of Miawani and Densu Agya with toilet facilities.”