Ebiram

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Water
  • Business
  • Public Health

Overview

Ebiram is located near the coast in the Central Region of  Ghana. A typical home in Ebiram is made of mud (adobe), concrete blocks, or wood. People in Ebiram are primarily dedicated to farming and charcoal sales. There is a kindergarten, primary school, and junior high school in Ebiram. The nearest health center to the community is in Ekumpoano, about a 40 minute walk away, but there are 6 Community Health Workers in Ebiram. Currently, standpipes provide access to safe drinking water to only 2% of homes in Ebiram. Around 5% of homes have their own toilet facilities. With Global Brigades’ support, a Community Bank was established in June 2012 offering savings and loans services. To alleviate issues with water quality and quantity, GB built a rainwater harvesting unit in the community in 2012. The community expressed that their top needs are improved toilet facilities and opportunities for credit to support local business.

District: Ekumfi

Region: Central

Homes : 250
Population : 1500
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No
Education : Up to Junior High School
Distance From Lodging Facility : 45 Minutes
Homes with toilet facility : 5%

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS:

The most common illnesses in Ebiram are malaria, diarrhea, and arthritis.

Global Brigades establishes mobile clinics in Ebiram 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, Global Brigades is working to improve healthcare in the region by:

  1. Improving the infrastructure and equipment of the existing Community Health Planning & Services (CHPS) facilities
  2. Educating community members about the benefits of health insurance, and assist as many people as possible to enroll (or re-enroll) in the National Health Insurance plan
  3. Supporting and training existing Community Health Nurses

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Patient Consultations - #

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Health Education Workshops - #

MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Virginia Medical Brigade January 2013 25
University of Missouri Medical Brigade May 2013 23
Santa Clara University Medical Brigade March 2014 39

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

EBIRAM’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.

Ebiram’s residents fetch water for domestic use out of a stagnant pond on the west-side of the community. All domestic water use is from this pond and many community members drink and cook with this water as well as use it for bathing purposes. Furthermore, most women and children spend many hours a day collecting water in open containers and carrying it back home.

The water from Ebiram’s pond is rarely treated before consumption and using this water for personal consumption can lead to diarrhea, cholera, skin rash, bilharzia and other water related diseases and infections. One of the few safe water options for Ebiram’s community members is purchasing water sachets but this is an unsustainable practice as well as an unreliable and in the long-term expensive option for drinking water.

EBIRAM’S WATER SOLUTION:

Water Brigades Ghana has focused on three types of water solutions in the Ekumfi District : School Rainwater Harvesters, Community-Wide Rainwater Harvesters and Household Rainwater Harvesters. In January 2012, Dublin City University constructed a School Rainwater Harvester in Ebiram to improve student health and studies as well as helped set up a School Water Club responsible for gathering clean water for each classroom. Each class had also been given a Family LifeStraw filter of Sawyer filter to use.

WATER VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

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Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

EBIRAM’S ECONOMIC CHALLENGE

Rural communities in Ghana face a number of structural obstacles when it comes to economic growth. Access to credit is limited by physical barriers in transportation and exclusion from formal financial institutions. If community members aren’t able to access these institutions, their only option is to solicit credit from loan sharks, who charge exorbitant interest rates. Additionally, maintaining savings is not a common practice in rural communities in Ghana. The main source of income in Ebiram is farming.

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EBIRAM’S MICRO-FINANCE SOLUTION

The GB Business Program works with Microfin Rural Bank to stimulate the local economy by organizing community volunteers around a community bank which is entirely owned and operated by its members. Focusing on providing access to credit and savings for their fellow community members, its volunteers are tasked with socializing the community bank and managing the funds. Microfin and the GB Business Program provides training and support to help strengthen these community banks and stimulate the flow of capital within the community. These financial services are especially beneficial for subsistence farmers and entrepreneurs, who can invest more heavily in their production with a loan, pay back the loan after sales, and generate an income with any excess.

Ebiram has not yet established a Microfin “MHope group,” but will begin as soon as feasible. The shareholders of the MHope group will weekly to deposit savings and manage loans which are approved by all the bank’s members.

EBIRAM’S BUSINESS SOLUTION

In addition to working with the community banks, the Business Program provides support and technical skills in establishing anchor businesses that generate additional capital. The goal is to better integrate isolated communities into the local economy and allow for growth. During this process, interested community members receive training to increase their familiarity with business terminology, develop their business administration skills, and promote innovation and diversification in the types of business ventures they pursue.

BUSINESS VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Dublin City University Microfinance Brigade 2013 22
University College London Business Brigade 2013 11
Pennsylvania State University Microfinance Brigade 2013 19
University of Oxford Microfinance Brigade 2013 5

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Ebiram but has not yet begun with the Public Health Brigades program. Now in the planning phase, implementation of a public health solution will start as soon as feasible.

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Brigade Volunteers

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Toilets Constructed

PUBLIC HEALTH VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

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Local Reference Points

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