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Well Project in Kentenkye, Eastern Region, Ghana
Operation Blessing International - Living Water Projects: Ghana
  • Dedication: July 23, 2013
  • Village: Kentenkye, New Dwaben Municipal Assembly District, Eastern Region
  • Plaque Inscription: Sponsored by small beginnings BIG RESULTS
    in Memory of June Wilkerson
  • Approximate population of the village: 600
  • Number of beneficiaries of this project: 600
  • Closest water source before this project: The people of Kentenkye depended on the services of water tankers. The villagers also collect and store rainwater.
Descripton of the Project:  A new well was constructed. The inside was cemented with concrete and a 38 foot pipe was laid. A new Nira pump was provided to dispense the water.

Descripton of the village & people:  According to Iddirusu Yakubu, the Imam of the village, the inhabitants of Kentenkye have lived in this village for over ten decades. It is believed that one of the first settlers of this village was a well respected soldier. Villagers called him Akatakyie, meaning brave. The name of the village is derived from his nickname.

The majority of the people of Kentenkye are peasant crop farmers. They raise maize, cocoa, cassava, and pawpaw. Others work as small traders. Their houses are well built with clay and concrete blocks. The community has electricity as well as a school and a church to serve them. However, the clinic is located quite far from the community. Kentenkye is predominantly Muslim.
Description of the well dedication:  About 40 people attended the well dedicaton. There was a brief presentation of the Gospel. Isaiah 55:1 was shared with the people. They were asked to recognize that Jesus is the only water that can quench their thirst. After the presentation, two people took Jesus as their Lord and Savior. They were prayed for and advised to attend any Bible believing church.
 
Expressions of appreciation:

Iddirisu Yakubu, Chief of the Village:  "On behalf of the community, I say thank you for providing us with this well. Even though our community is both Christian and Muslim, you still came to our aid. This well will go a long way to help the entire village and communities around us who haven't had good drinking water. We know you are doing great work. Thank you again."

Saliew Sulemana, village resisdent:  "I would like to thank CBN for giving us life through the provision of this well. Water supplied by the tankers is contaminated, and we fall sick all the time. Now with this well, we are free from water borne diseases."

Adama Sulemana, 13-year-old village resident:  "The tanker supply is not enough for the community and therefore we have to queue for a long time before we are able to collect water. This affects my time for school. Now with this well in the community, I won't be late for school any more. I am very happy."
 
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updated December 11, 2013