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Providing Clean Water

How a scouting expedition in 1998 turned into a successful charity devoted to helping Ghana

How a scouting expedition in 1998 turned into a successful charity devoted to helping Ghana

Rotary member Richard Galliford tells us the story of how Ghana Outlook began, and why they continue to support communities in Ghana.

Ghana Outlook is a registered charity which is run by 5 Rotary members from three clubs. The charity is focussed on engaging with deprived communities in the most rural parts of Ghana in order to implement projects based around their 3 key areas:

  1. Safe water, health and hygiene
  2. Education
  3. Community Farming

Ghana Outlook is unique in the sense it reaches out to small rural communities and engaging with them to understand their needs, as well as using research and recommendations from their trusted partners in Ghana.

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Ghana Outlook is unique in the sense it reaches out to small rural communities and engaging with them to understand their needs, as well as using research and recommendations from their trusted partners in Ghana.

Richard Galliford, from Stainborough Rotary, is one of the founding members of Ghana Outlook. In 1988 he along with other leaders, led a Scout expedition to build a school in Ghana, little did he realise this trip would make such an impact on him.

Richard explained: “During the Scout expedition I was lucky enough to meet Joseph Achana, a remarkable Ghanaian and Rotarian from Ho, and who became the inspiration behind Ghana Outlook.

“Over the years Ghana Outlook went on to build 10 schools in total along with libraries, and giving communities the tool, and knowledge they need to help themselves.

“We worked closely with Joseph, to help us integrate within the communities and work with them.

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Today Ghana Outlook is still providing vital support for communities in Ghana, giving more people access to safe water, sanitation and improved farming.

“Sadly in 2012 Joseph past away, but his memory lives on and he continues to inspire and drive us on every day. He was a humanitarian in every way.”

Today Ghana Outlook is still providing vital support for communities in Ghana, giving more people access to safe water, sanitation and improved farming.

Richard added: “Safe water and sanitation is always essential, and if we are to help improve the health and wellbeing of these desperate communities”.

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“Safe water and sanitation is always essential, and if we are to help improve the health and wellbeing of these desperate communities”

In early 2015 Ghana Outlook designed and funded West Africa’s first sand dam in Upper West Region, Ghana. Along with this, over 20 water boreholes have been provided for communities without access to safe water.

Boreholes are drilled to reach a good producing aquifer from which water is pumped to the surface once all the required water tests are proved to be satisfactory.

Although Ghana Outlook no longer build schools, they continue to help the maintenance of the existing schools to support education within the area.

Community farming initiatives are implemented to provide a more sustainable food supply and essential income. Sustainable farming is all about living off the land and having extra to either sell or exchange for other basic requirements.

Ghana Outlook is a full volunteer charity with no salaries and where every penny given goes towards their projects.

To find out more about Ghana Outlook visit their website or Facebook page.