Otabanadze

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Water
  • Business
  • Public Health

Overview

Otabanadze is located near the coast in the Central Region of  Ghana.  The main economic activities in Otabanadze are primarily dedicated to farming and pottery production. Community members have access to school from kindergarten through junior-high school. People in Otabanadze attend the health center in the nearby community of Ekrawfo, about 30 minutes away. Currently, the community uses boreholes, standpipes, and wells to access water. About 60 percent of houses in the community have access to safe and clean drinking water. Only around 4% of homes have their own toilet facilities, meaning most families must rely on the few public toilets or practice open defecation. There is no community bank in Otabandze to provide savings and loans services. The community expressed that their top needs are a community center, teacher’s quarters for the schools, and improvements to the drainage system.

District: Ekumfi

Region: Central

Homes : 208
Population : 1243
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No
Education : Up To Junior High School
Distance from Lodging Facility : 45 - 75 Minutes
% of homes with toilet facility : 4

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades runs its Medical Brigades in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service and that brigades are done at Community-Based Health and Planning (CHPS) facilities in our communities. Otabanadze doesn’t have a CHPS facility in the community itself, but we attend patients from Otabanadze during our brigades at the nearby Ekrawfo CHPS facility.

 

72

Volunteers - #

1956

Patient Consultations - #

40

Health Education Workshops - #

MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of California Davis Medical Brigade March 2013 12
CUNY City College – Sophie Davis School Medical Brigade August 2013 30
University of Arizona Medical Brigade May 2014 30

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

OTABANADZE’S WATER CHALLENGE:

Otabanadze has had a water well since 1951 and a bore hole since 2003. However, the water that came from the bore hole was very salty. During the dry season, the well/bore hole would dry up and the community members used to have to get their water from a river in the neighbouring community of Ekrawfo. All maintainence of the water system is carried out as a community, by its members.

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Project Beneficiaries

4

Standpipes

OTABANADZE’S WATER SOLUTION:

In 2017, Global Brigades collaborated with the Ghana Water Company and installed four public standpipes in Otabanadze to provide access to clean drinking water in the community. The water standpipes come from a nearby modern drinking water treatment plant and is high quality.   A Water Committee will be trained in the community to maintain and administrate the stand-pipes.

WATER VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

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Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

OTABANDZE’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.

5

Volunteers - #

1

Micro-enterprises consulted

N/A

Savings accounts opened

OTABANDZE’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.

Otabandze 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.

OTABANDZE’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.

In Otabandze, volunteers consult with Amanor’s Pottery, an family-owned artisan pottery business that produces earthen ware for the Ekumfi area:

BUSINESS VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Texas Austin Business Brigade January 2019 5

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Otabandze 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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Volunteers

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Toilets Constructed

PUBLIC HEALTH VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

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Local Reference Points

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