Airtel helps build rural Ghana dam
Airtel Ghana will provide technical advice and material support for the construction of a dam for Zimoupare in the Nandom District of the Upper West Region.
The dam that used to serve the people of Zimuopare, a subsistence farming community, was built in the 1950s through the collective efforts of the people, but it collapsed in 2000.
The new dam, built by locals, has deteriorated, reports Airtel.
As part of its Touching Lives CSR programme, Airtel Ghana has committed to helping the community rebuild the dam.
The Head of Corporate Communications and External Affairs of Airtel Ghana, Donald Gwira said, “We realised that the youth of the area were prepared to stay around and engage in farming only if they had water in the dam to irrigate with, and Airtel, being a youth-focused brand, felt we should extend a helping hand to them and through this help reverse the trend of rural-urban migration.”
When completed, the dam will help provide water for household use and for livestock, provide a source of water for the youth to go into dry season farming thus averting migration down south, provide fish to improve the protein intake of the people and also contribute to increasing the incomes of the people of Zimuopare.