The Ghana project was the first project
adopted by Global
Engineering Outreach-NAU. We have been
partnered with the small village of Yua since 2007, and have done many things
with the community members.
is located in Northern Ghana, just south of the Burkina Faso border in the
Upper East Region. Yua is part of the seven distinct communities that comprise
the Eastern Corridor of the Kassana-Nankana District. In 2006 a man from Yua,
Dr. Anthony Akunzule (Executive Director of GAPNET), sent a development
proposal to Engineers Without Borders-USA in an effort to improve the quality
of life for people in Yua. In the fall of 2006 Global Engineering Outreach accepted
this proposal and there-in partnered with the Yua community. This partnership
has continued as multi-year endeavor.
Ghanaian People's Network (GAPNET) - a local NGO that brings together various
local and international groups in order to improve the quality of life for all
- A local NGO that works for the welfare of children in Northern Ghana. Visit the Afrikids site
to learn more.
3,500 people live in the Yua area and do not have adequate access to water and
sanitation facilities. This has contributed to the existence of preventable
disease, sickness, and death in this community. The high child mortality rate
in this area can partly be attributed to waterborne diseases that come from
Global Engineering Outreach Implementation
Arizona University's involvement with NAU began in 2006 with an assessment
trip. There have been four subsequent implementation trips since then over the
next five years. The following is a list of the types of projects implemented.
Water Plaza: A solar powered water pump connected to a tank, supplied water
and shade near the communities market area. It was implemented in 2007, but due
to heavy rain during the weather came to a state of much needed repair in 2011.
In the winter of 2011-2012, the rotten wooden shade structure was taken down, a
new solar structure built, a mechanical pump installed, and the functionality
of the pump was assessed (see the above slideshow). This work was continued
over the winter of 2012-2013, and additional connections were made within the
community to facilitate improved maintenance and longevity of the water plaza.
Solar Powered Lighting: During the first implementation trip, a
solar lighting system was brought into the area's secondary school. A second
lighting system was installed during the last trip in 2012 on two primary
schools, and a third has been installed by the community on a third primary
school. The lighting systems on the primary schools reuse solar panels taken
from the original water plaza.
Drip Irrigation:The community constructed a pilot drip irrigation system during
the winter 2011-2012 trip.
Nurses' Quarters:Perhaps the most ambitious construction project Global
Engineering Outreach has completed so far, the Nurses' Quarters in Yua is a
building that houses the two government sponsored nurses. With better
accomodations, nurses are more willing to work in the community. See a slideshow of the construction of the Nurses'
are currently considering closing out this project, so there is no project
lead. To get involved or check the status of our work in Ghana, please contact Global Engineering Outreach-NAU.