By Judy Foote, HSBC Senior Communications Manager
Today I met Janet Asante, a formidable lady, the matriarch of an extended family who live together in Nkwaateng village.
The village has a population of 3,000, who are served by 4 boreholes, although during the dry season only one borehole bears water.
It is Janet who organises her family to make sure they are up early and get to the borehole before the queues (and fights) start. She ensures the water they gather is placed in one large container for the whole family.
Then Janet prioritises the use of water – firstly, to wash and give to the children before they go to school, secondly for cooking and only then can they use water for washing up, washing clothes and for the adults to wash.
In the dry season they cannot get sufficient water for all their needs, so Janet’s watchful eye is even more important.
In two weeks’ time work will start in Nkwaateng to build a mechanised water system, funded by the HSBC Water Programme.
It will provide sufficient water for all the villagers across all seasons. No more queues, no more strenuous hand pumping and no more fights.
Not only is the water itself important, a secure supply of water will give people peace of mind and access to an improved quality of life – something we all aspire to.