Augustina Osabutey raised funds to build boreholes in Adukrom Ghana. She is a Ghanaian student studying for her Doctorate Degree at South Dakota State University.
She worked on providing clean and safe water for Adukrom community, a suburb of Axim located in Western Region part of Ghana. A community of about 1000 people who had no access to clean water.
A fundraising was organized by Osabutey and a group of locals in Butte, Montana.
This couldn’t have been possible without the support of Butte, Montana community, her family in Ghana, Mr. Samuel Adumuah of African World Airlines, and Mr. Theophilus Anaman of Ghana Youth Authority.
Osabutey, was born and raised in the coastal town of Axim in Ghana’s Western Region. Like most girls in Axim, Osabutey had to walk several hours each day toting large buckets, which she’d fill with water from a well and haul back to her family home.
“Sometimes we would walk like 1 mile to go fetch water, and we’d carry it on our heads,” she said.
“It’s really, really difficult walking long distances to fetch water from these places. And then also, the water is not clean.”
Though there appears to be an abundance of water sources in Ghana, many small towns in the tropical country still don’t have access to clean water. Osabutey said her younger sisters, Adelaide and Fidelia, have been trying to help the Adukrom community get clean water as part of a project they pitched for a LifeLink Model United Nations program.
The program allows Ghanaian teens to identify social and humanitarian challenges in their local communities and pitch ideas to address them. Students with winning project ideas would then receive funding, mentorship, and the opportunity to carry out their projects. When Adelaide and Fidelia’s project did not get selected for funding, they turned to their older sister for help.
“I was shocked, I tell you. I was shocked that people are still having these issues because I thought by now the government should be able to do something about clean water for people,” said Osabutey. “But no, it’s not done.”
After watching the videos her sisters sent, Osabutey said she couldn’t stop thinking about the water situation in Adukrom. “I just couldn’t let myself go without doing anything about it,” she said. “This is what inspired me to start making a difference to the critical need for water and sanitation.”