Apply the contents of the other modules to the situation in Tamale, Northern Ghana, where RWH is actually being introduced. Learn about the situation and the obstacles people have to face.
Water 4 life
This chapter is different as it describes an ongoing project in Tamale, located in the arid North of Ghana where rainwater harvesting is being introduced since mid-2005. The module illustrates how rainwater harvesting has been introduced and how people are dealing with problems occuring during the planning and implementation of RWH.
You'll find references to this project within the other parts of the toolkit.
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The water situation in the area around Tamale is precarious and the solutions realised so far have often been unsucessful.
In March 2004, a prefeasibility study has been undertaken. A joint team has been proposing to introduce rainwater harvesting and which steps to be taken.
In March 2005, a family-based rainwater harvesting approach was introduced by a workshop for planners and policy makers and a practical training workshop for artisans.
A number of 34 tanks has already been built in the first 6 weeks, ranging from 10 m³ volume to some institutional ones with 30 m³ volume.
In June 2005, one donor in Ghana, the "Christian Childrens' Fund of Canada" has already allocated funds for subsidising 41 more tanks, that are being built now.
Other donors have already orally given their commitment.
And the future?
After a critical number of tanks has been constructed and used in the area and a positive impact is being experienced by the people, the next step must be to introduce rainwater harvesting as a regular option (beside groundwater and surface water) into the water policy!
On this website, we are going to accompany the people of Tamale on their way. You'll find more on the current situation in the chapter "Where are they now?".