Why We Do It

Slogan: Community Excellence built on Transparency and Accountability (CETA)

The lack of access to water in Africa for drinking and irrigation is a common concern as is for many people around the world.  Several West African countries have unconsciously neglected their northern areas, which are predominantly semi-arid and poorer than the general indigenous populations.  According to the World Commission on Environment and Development statistics, more than one-third of Africa is at present under the threat of desertification.  (Online source: http://www.fao.org/docrep/Z5700E/z5700e03.htm)

Many of the volunteers originally lived in the Arigu community or other nearby farming communities in Northern Ghana. They are excited and eager to contribute to rural communities such as this community where the fertile farming land brings farmers far and beyond. 

It is imperative to create an environmentally friendly community model where water, food and small-scale business security can be available to curtail migration to cities as is common across Africa. In doing so, crop production increases, leading to better access to education and medical care, and a decrease of the exodus of young people to the cities and dangerous journeys to Europe.  The combination creates a self-sustainable community model that meets the needs of all individuals concerned

  • The Dry Season

    In the dry season, agricultural operation is impossible without irrigation. Farmers move to cities, creating population density and poverty. The dry season is one of two seasons in semi-arid Africa.  The dry season is characterized by low humidity, lack of water and depletion of subsistence crops between November to April yearly.
  • The Rainy-Wet Season

    The rainy or wet season occurs during a warm season, or summer, precipitation takes place.  In the wet season, air quality improves, fresh water quality improves, and vegetation grows substantially, leading to crop yields late in the season. Rivers overflow their banks and drains into lakes along the white Volta river networks.    
  • Dredging Existing Lakes

    UTAP proposes expanding five (5) midsize lakes spreading along the White Volta, dredged or dug-up to regain lost storage, improve water supply reservoirs, improve fish habitat, and use nutrient-rich sediments for planting of fruits and vegetables. None of the lakes sediments are considered contaminated in any form.