Farrow Donates $20,000 to Aid Jirapa District in Ghana, Africa
May 5, 2016
Funds will be used to drill boreholes for safe water and provide assistance for women’s co-op groups
Windsor, ON – Farrow has donated $20,000 to the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) to assist with two projects in the Jirapa District in northeastern Ghana, Africa.
The first project involves drilling boreholes to provide potable water to the three villages of Gyan, Tampie, and Guor, while the second project provides funding for three Women’s Co-Operative Groups in Guor, Tankuri, and Achagyir. Both projects were spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918).
“We were approached by the Rotary Club with a proposal that outlined how to provide meaningful improvements to the locals of the Jirapa District,” said Rick Farrow, CEO & Chairman, Farrow. “After reviewing the plan, we agreed that these projects would bring substantial improvements to the locals of the area. It became clear that we had to help the Rotary Club achieve their goals and we take pleasure in assisting them with their projects.”
The plan outlined by the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) consists of two parts. The ‘Water Project’ involves drilling for underground water sources in Gyan, Tampie, and Guor, and then attaching hand-pumps to those sources, which will provide safe, potable water. Potable water is in short supply due to area’s tropical average temperatures of 28°C to 31°C, combined with large spells of drought.
The ‘Women Co-operative Groups Project’ builds on the successful women’s co-operative in Degri. This co-op was provided financial assistance to let them purchase hoes, cutlasses and vegetable seeds to grow and feed their families on a shared plot of land. This co-op’s success led to the expansion of a pig farm and greenhouse project. This model would be applied to the three neighbouring communities in Guor, Tankuri, and Achagyir.
“Farrow’s support in these endeavors will provide much needed assistance to the Jirapa District,” said Dr. Godfrey Bacheyie, Team Leader of the Ghana Projects. “This district has a widely spread population of about 100,000 in small villages in the dry northeastern grasslands of Ghana, and has struggled with critical water shortages for years. This generous donation will ensure that these projects are completed in a timely manner so they can begin making an impact to their lives.
The drilling for the boreholes is expected to commence later this month, while the women’s co-op groups will be introduced later in 2016.
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