Ghana: Clean Water for the Minnesota Academy

University of Minnesota Student Chapter

About the Project


Agona-Swedru, Ghana


Clean Water & Sanitation


The UMN chapter began working in Ghana in 2006 where they worked with the African Resources Center (ARC) to address water and sanitation needs for the Minnesota Academy, a grade school that provides education for 1,300 rural children. The Minnesota Academy is located in the Agona-Swedru region of Ghana. Although the school had a very high enrollment, there was a lack of reliable water source nearby, forcing students to either drink form contaminated surface water, which led to intestinal diseases, or to walk a mile to obtain water from the nearest clean source, disrupting their school day. Rudimentary pit toilets on the school property are highly unsanitary, leaching waste into the nearby water source. These problems threatened the high enrollment and attendance at the Minnesota Academy.

The UMN team assessed the site, and were able to develop a locally sustainable solution to the water and sanitation problems at the Minnesota Academy. Their design consisted of a bore-hole well fitted with an AC/DC pump powered by solar panels. Implementation of this design took place in July of 2007.


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