Adansimaim

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Water
  • Business

Overview

Adansimaim is located near the coast in the Central Region of  Ghana.  People in Adansimaim are primarily dedicated to farming.  The nearest is a health center to the community is in Essuehyia, about a 40 minute walk away and there is only one Community Health Worker in Adansimaim . With Global Brigades’ support, a Community Bank was established in January 2013 offering savings and loans services.  In addition, a corn-processing mill micro-enterprise was established.   To alleviate issues with water quality and quantity, GB built various rainwater harvesting units in Adansimaim in 2012.

District: Ekumfi

Region: Central

Homes : 125
Population : 650
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Marjority
Health Center : No
Education : Nursery School Only
Distance From Lodging Facility : 60 - 90 Minutes

Medical

Program Status

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HEALTH CARE ACCESS:

Global Brigades establishes mobile clinics in Adansimaim up to twice per year in an effort to provide access to basic health care services to the community members.  In conjunction with the  government run Ghana Health Service, GB is working to improve healthcare in the region including the support of establishing and training local Community Health Workers.

 

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

ADANSIMAIM’S WATER CHALLENGE:

The two main water challenges in the Ekumfi district are: water access and water quality. Where piped water is not available, rainwater is the most culturally accepted form of drinking water. When rainwater is not available, community members will often go to rivers or small dug out ponds for water.

When Global Water Brigades entered the community of Adansimaim, its residents fetched water for domestic use out of a small stream, which dries up during the dry season. Especially women and children spent many hours a day collecting water in open containers and carrying it back home.

The water from Adansimaim’s stream is subject to high levels of contamination and is rarely treated before consumption. Using this water for personal consumption could lead to diarrhea, cholera, skin rash and other water related diseases and infections. One of the few safe water options for community members was purchasing water sachets but this is an unsustainable practice as well as an unreliable and in the long-term expensive option for drinking water.

ADANSIMAIMS WATER SOLUTION:

In June 2012 the University College of London constructed a Community-wide Rainwater Harvester (CWRH) in AdansImaim as well as helped set up a water committee consisting of a president, treasurer, secretary and two agents responsible for selling the water from the system. The generated funds are used to maintain the system as well as to fill up the system’s storage tanks with purchased water from tanker trucks during the dry season, which is again sold to the community.

 

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

ADANSIMAIM’S ECONOMIC CHALLENGE

Adansimaim’s community members are mainly dependent on farming for sustenance. The primary goods and food products produced in the community are maize and cassava. Additionally they started producing peppers and tomatoes. As the crops are seasonal, the revenue is volatile. Apart from petty goods trading, the community does not have any other alternative source of income. They have had bad harvest seasons in the past that have cause families to go hungry for days.  They have been seeking other opportunities of income, but have found it hard to come by.

The Susus (the traditional savings system), have a huge presence in this community, where more than 6 operate annually. Apart from the Susus there is no other access to credit or savings in the areas. Yet with the way susus are structured, there is very low capital injection into the community. Money just moves from one community member’s hand to another’s. The community members therefore have no control over their financial future and are left to continue this annual cycle, year after year.

ADANSIMAIM’S BUSINESS SOLUTION

The community of Adansimaim had a working corn mill over four years ago but it broke down and was not reparable. Upon the mill breaking down, community members were constantly inconvenienced by being forced to travel going long distances to get their corn processed effecting their profit margin on what they were able to sell. This travel was not possible to do often and the wait normally led to the crop going bad.

In January 2013, the community agreed to give up a portion of community land for a corn mill project and put in all the necessary labor, sand and water necessary to build the structure to house the mill. The structure of the business comprises an executive committee of committed community members that runs the mill. People in specific positions overlook operational, financial and marketing tasks. All additional costs were taken as a loan from the Community Development Fund, which include other structural materials with an addition of the motor and the mill. The corn mill processing is doing great making a lot of profit to help with community projects.

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