On 13th March, 2019, Yirimambo Advocacy Group made a tour to a community called Saamambo in the Wa municipality in the Upper West region and it was discovered that despite their closeness to the capital city, in terms of development they are not counted, they lack portable water, no electricity and no school nearby for education.
Saamambo is a community in the Wa municipality about 15 minutes ride from wa town. Access to clean water in that community is a challenge, as the people depend on a locally dug well and water gathered in holes at a sand winning site as their only source of water. During the dry season the well dries off, leaving the water from the same winning site as the only option.
This community use such water for their domestic activities like bathing, drinking, cooking and washing as seen in the above picture. Its from a whole at the sand winning site.
The community was tour by the administrator of Yirimambo Advocacy group with the aim of ascertaining the water and sanitation situation in the community.
According to the residence , the Assembly member is trying many times in his own capacity, resolving the situation, but no avail solutions. The situation is exposing the community to waterborne diseases, especially the children and also affected productivity levels of women in the community.
The people are therefore appealing to the government , NGOs and other stakeholders to come to their aid to help save them from diseases and other unexpected illness which may arise soon.
They really need help to enable them leave better lives. Regarding to this, most of the youth are running out of the community. The males lamented that the situation makes marriage difficult for them because they are been denied their choice of women’s hand in marriage because of the living condition in their community.
The unavailability of school in the community is another disheartened issue of whereas a child of 4-6 years old has to walk miles to the nearby village to attend school. And because of that most of them are not punctual in school. It’s also not safe for children to walk such long distance alone.
Appeal from the community is that if the government should provide them with a basic school so that the children could stay and learn closer to their homes.
Despite their closeness to Wa being a region capital of the Upper West region, there is no electricity in the community. The rural electrification has jumped over them to the next community. Which they think they have been neglected.
We are therefore appealing to the Regional minister, Municipal chief executive, Wa Municipal Assembly, civil societies/NGOs and all individuals concern to come to their aid, life is indeed difficult for them over there.
Supporting to give them the needed assistance, kindly call any of the numbers below.
For more information call +233247484477/+233206596576
Yirimambo Advocacy Group made a contribution to this story.