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GGBL inaugurates two additional US$65,000 WaterHealth Centres
Posted on: 06-Aug-2012         Source: thebftonline.com
Guinness Ghana Breweries has inaugurated two US$65,000 WaterHealth Centres for the people of Kpembe and Makango in the East Gonja district of the Northern Region.

This brings to five, the number of WaterHealth Centres, GGBL and its parent company, Diageo has funded for five communities across the Northern, Greater-Accra and Volta Regions under the Safe Water for Africa partnership (SWA) -- an innovative multi-year partnership between GGBL, Diageo, the Diageo Foundation and the Coca-Cola system to bring safe drinking water to two million Africans by 2013.

Speaking at the official opening ceremony in Kpembe, Mr. Richard Ahiagble, Corporate Citizenship Manager, said “GGBL remains committed to enriching lives and empowering local communities through sustainable access to safe drinking water. Water is life, it is critical to health and the general wellbeing of every community. As a business, we believe strongly that when communities thrive, our business thrives -- hence our continuous effort to support local communities.”

He noted further that aside from the Kpembe and Makango WaterHealth Centres, GGBL will be commissioning two water extension projects within the Tamale Metropolis to commemorate Arthur’s Day on 27 September -- a day set aside to celebrate the philanthropic attributes of Arthur Guinness -- and employees of GGBL will undertake various community projects to mark the day. These two projects in Tamale, he hinted, “are directly in support of the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation’s effort to declare Ghana guinea-worm free by 2014.”

On his part Nyen-Churo Ebore II, Kpembe Wura (Paramount Chief of Kpembe traditional area) thanked GGBL for bringing ‘the gift of life’ to the Kpembe community. He said “the main challenge for Kpembe for many years has been access to safe drinking water. This kind gesture by Guinness Ghana Breweries Ltd will directly address this need.”

He urged GGBL and other well-meaning donors to support the community with a health centre.
Mr. Alhaji Abdul Karim, the East Gonja District Coordinating Director, commended GGBL’s effort and support for the Kpembe and Makango communities -- describing GGBL as a ‘development partner’ supporting Government’s effort to provide access to clean drinking water for rural and peri-urban communities.