I grew up in a country where if something was broken, you survive, you learn how to live through it. Irregularity when it came to electricity, water supply; because you need electricity to pump the water, and pretty much any task you need electricity to complete, was the norm. If you needed to complete your homework, you had to make sure to complete it before it gets dark, or charge your rechargeable lamp if there is a rare chance of electricity, wash your school uniform with your hand and leave it to dry outside if there is a rare chance that water was pumped. This was and is the everyday life of an upper middle-class family in Nigeria and it is a normal happy life for us, at times inconvenient, but most of us don’t really know anything better than this. Some may argue and say, “Ignorance is bliss,” but I think not. Some may also argue and say it builds resilience, which it does, and adaptability, but these living situations are not normal and should not be normal. People are becoming less and less ignorant every day and figuring out the ultimate truth, that these living situations are not normal, you cannot live through brokenness and hope that ignoring it will make it go away. Measures are being taken, like relocation abroad; abroad qualifying as anywhere with a better quality of life as their current situation, which is honestly not much to ask for, this leads to the brain drain, low GDP, and young impressionable children being raised with the mentality that their country is not good enough, their continent is not good enough, and the same cycle keeps repeating itself.
The Northern Region of Ghana is an even worse living situation than my upbringing in middle class Nigeria. Over 800,000 people in Ghana’s Northern Region lack access to safe drinking water. There are only a few year-round streams, and groundwater is inaccessible. Clean water solutions rarely reach these places, and when they do, they are poorly maintained. Household water treatment products are too expensive for poor families, and lack of proper handling easily re-contaminates the water. Saha Global provides access to safe drinking water to rural communities in Northern Region Ghana. They partner with rural communities who lack access to safe drinking water, but do have access to contaminated surface water sources. They then train local women to use locally available products to treat the contaminated water and make it safe to drink. The women then sell the clean water to their community at an affordable price. The 6 Steps to Clean Drinking Water are shown in the pictures and video provided above.
I think about the young impressionable children being raised with hope for their country, hope for their continent, knowing that they are good enough and worth it, knowing that it is possible to live a better, healthier life than they live at the moment.
Saha Global, I know will be a wonderful, eye opening experience for me, and being able to help my continent, give back to the continent that has already given me so much will be an incredible full circle moment for me and will make the young impressionable child, that is me, see that it is possible, my hope is enough. The money will be used to cover my in-country expenses during the Program period, including lodging, food, emergency insurance, and all my team’s project costs.
I like to write, and to be able to write, I like to gain inspiration from various sources, especially dialogues from various film scripts. One of my favorite film scripts says, “All books add up to one essential truth, which is, if your IQ is above a certain number, life is pretty much unbearable, and the number is not even that high.” I think this applies to not just a high IQ, but one’s level of awareness. They are not aware of anything better, therefore they do not know that their living condition is bad, does that still make it okay. No.
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