Building a Solar Powered Village- Project Update
On January 14, 2014, DUCA Financial Services Credit Union Ltd. and the Christian Children Foundation of Canada partnered in effort to alleviate poverty and create access to amenities in Africa, Asia, and South America.
As part of the Innovation Fund, DUCA has committed $100,000 over four (4) years to annual projects. For 2014, the project selected by DUCA Members and the general public was: Building a Solar Powered Village in a northern Ghana village.
Once the project received the green light, a discussion panel of CCFC’s local partners, Ghana’s government stakeholders, and representatives from non-government organizations (NGOs) operating in the area discussed the implementation process and public announcement of the project.
Immediately after the campaign strategy was discussed, the CCFC team went to work to bring awareness of the new DUCA project and hosted an information session for the community. Over 200 community members participated in the session as they team outlined the:
- Timeline of the project,
- The households selected for the solar panels,
- Receiving access to solar lights,
- Site for the borehole well, and
- Roles and responsibilities of the community in regards to the implementation of the project
The first phase of the project was to select a location for the drilling of the borehole, unfortunately, the drilling was unsuccessful as it failed to reach an adequate water supply. A re-assessment has been underway and a second drilling location has been selected. Once the borehole is established and functions accordingly, a selected supplier will install the solar lights for the households. The two projects will complement each other to create maximum social impact within the community.
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