“The river is like a mother to us,” says one woman in the Kejebril Market.
Residents of Kejebril, a small farming community in the Ahanta West District, believe their local pond is from their ancestors. There are three boreholes in the town, but they prefer fetching water from the pond to carry out their domestic chores, bless their children and even drink.
“We’ve been drinking this water since we were born. We use it to bathe. We use it to wash,” says one man.
“She always comes to our aid. It protects our children from drowning in the pond. When we use the water to bathe our children and they get missing, they return to us,” says one woman.
Gutters carry waste materials into the pond, but residents believe two giant tree gods protect them and the water. The assemblyman of the area, however, is afraid people, especially children will be infected with waterborne disease.
“In those days we used to drink this water. Because of that there was a guinea worm disease outbreak,” says Joseph Raphael Ansah.
Ansah says the number of boreholes in the community is not sufficient and the water is salty. He is calling on the government and NGO’s to build another borehole.
“If the NGO’s and the government get us another borehole, we will stop using the pond because the pond is not good for domestic use.”
This pond might be a gift from their ancestors, but clean drinking water would be a gift for their future.