Cecelia: Headmistress, Pease Water Project, Ghana

“My name is Cecilia and I am the headmistress of the primary school in Pease, Ghana.

Since the Pease Water Project has been implemented, the school life has been enriched in many ways.

Before the Pease Water Project, the children spent their time in school distracted by the worry of the long walk to collect water from the well before nightfall. Many of the children would have to leave school early in the day to begin their journey.

However, since the completion of the Pease Water Project, we have noticed that our students are punctual and attendance is higher, due to the access to clean drinking water. Moreover, it is now possible for them to take part in extra-curricular activities. Due to improved mental performance including memory, attention and concentration throughout the day the whole school staff observes a boost of capacity to learn. Furthermore, an increase of well-being and happiness among the students is noticeable.

Additionally, the Pease Water Project has allowed our school to provide a healthy learning environment, thereby improving its reputation. The access to clean and safe drinking water has marked an improvement in attendance and motivation within the whole school community.

Another important aspect is the impact this project has had improving health and sanitation within the community. The project has provided free, clean and safe water access and supply. One of the effects is already visible. The number of children suffering from preventable illness like diarrhoea and other water borne illnesses has rapidly decreased due to increased hygiene measures.

It is also worth mentioning that the Pease Water Project promotes stable education which is the key to unlock opportunities for a brighter future. To conclude, the school is able to reach our full potential for the first time.”