Health and Education: Creating Water & Food Security

Health and Education: Creating Water &Food Security      

Most countries located in West Africa have difficulties in supplying clean drinking water to all its citizens, especially in the northern regions and more importantly during the dry season. The lack of water makes it next to impossible to grow crops during this time and many times the available water is riddled with potentially dangerous parasites. These parasites cause a variety of ailments, mainly Guinea Worm and River Blindness. These diseases make it difficult for farmers to maintain their crops and for children to attend school. Education is not available for many children due to the reluctance of teachers to live in such harsh conditions. UTAP's aim is to create a positive domino effect beginning with water security and ending with quality education.

  • 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.