Currently, the main water sources in Kpoguede are exposed wells or rivers which are contaminated by sewage from animal and human waste. Yet such unsafe water, and poor sanitation practices, expose families to illnesses like diarrhoea, anaemia, skin infections and typhoid.
With the Edenstone Foundation funding, a solar-powered borehole will be used to source clean water, after which a water tank will be installed to collect and store water. A toilet block will be built for the Kpoguede child development centre, plus staff will train the children and those who care for them in safe water management and good hygiene.
This is the latest project funded by the Foundation, which receives a proportion of the proceeds of every home sold by the Edenstone Group to support communities and causes that help change lives.
Previous support overseas included a similar scheme for almost 250 children and their families in Kpele, and Compassion’s Different Path Appeal to help mothers and babies with improved access to antenatal check-ups and trained birth attendants, and more.
Clare Hartley, from Compassion UK, said: “We are confident that this intervention in Togo will greatly improve the lives of 208 Compassion-supported children and their families. The lack of adequate sanitation and safe water access is one of the greatest challenges that children in poverty face.
“By removing these barriers, the children will be able to focus on their education, giving them the opportunity to create a future free from poverty. By investing in water and sanitation solutions now, we are removing a future burden for parents and bringing hope of a brighter future for the Kpoguede community.”
The Edenstone Group, headquartered in Magor, is currently building and selling homes across South Wales and the South West of England including Lisvane, Ross-on-Wye, and Morriston under the Bluebell Homes and Edenstone Homes brands.