In recent weeks, the community of Amedeka has been facing the devastating effects of water spillage from the Akosombo Dam by the Volta River Authority (VRA).
This spillage has polluted the water and elevated river levels, making it hazardous for school children to navigate in their small boats, which transport them to school daily. In light of these challenges, the community earnestly seeks assistance in acquiring a larger, safer boat.
Your support would enable the safe transportation of school children, ensuring they have consistent access to education, thereby fostering a brighter future.
Amedeka, a suburban community nestled within the Lower-Manya Krobo District in the Eastern Region of Ghana, faces significant challenges due to its proximity to the Kpong Hydro-Generation Station, located approximately 2-km upstream. Over the years, this community has bravely withstood adverse consequences resulting from the construction of the Akosombo and Kpong hydroelectric dams.
Initially, the construction of the Akosombo hydroelectric dam led to the flooding and displacement of Amedeka’s residents, forcing them to seek refuge in neighboring Akuse. Upon the recession of water levels, they returned. Subsequently, the construction of the Kpong hydroelectric dam curtailed fishing activities, a vital source of livelihood for the community. This economic downturn intensified, leading to deteriorating living conditions. During spillages, crossing the river became impossible, imposing severe hardships on the locals.
Another distressing outcome of the dam’s construction has been the pollution of the community’s main water source – the river – caused by frequent spillages. This contamination renders the water unsuitable for domestic use, particularly for cooking. Although the community does have access to treated water through standpipes, exorbitant tariffs have rendered regular payments challenging. Consequently, disconnections have occurred, forcing the residents to revert to relying on the polluted river.
Your help would not only alleviate immediate hardships but also contribute significantly to the long-term progress of Amedeka and its resilient inhabitants.