Ghana (2013 – present)
After previous projects in Ghana, PWAP is wrapping up a project with the Akumanyi Foundation, a Columbus-based organization seeking to empower youth and women through community development in Ghana. Preliminary survey-based data collection in the rural village of Penim was completed in July 2016. Combining social and cultural information regarding WASH knowledge with data on common water contaminants, specific educational outreach programs and water-filtering infrastructure were selected and developed for implementation. In line with the mission of the Akumanyi Foundation, the water purification system is currently being operated as a business by several Penim women.
Project implementation took place over two weeks in June and July of 2017. Post-implementation survey data analysis is forthcoming, but early results are indicative of successful integration into life in Penim. Looking forward, the Akumanyi Foundation plans to translate this project into an exemplar for villages all over rural Ghana. Response surveys from villagers 6 months after implementation have been received and analyzed by the Ghana project team, and next steps are currently in the planning phase.