Atta ne Atta Community

In line with AOV’s vision to use Yaw Tenkorang as a model to serve other villages in the Abetifi region, we expanded efforts to Atta ne Atta, a small village about 4.3 miles from Yaw Tenkorang. Residents from Hunterdon County, NJ have adopted this village as a sister community and would love it of you would consider joining them in this or a similar effort!

Unlike Yaw Tenkorang, Atta ne Atta had no state-run junior high school. Instead, the children of Atta ne Atta attend school in a four-room schoolhouse that serves students from Kindergarten through sixth grade. Because of limited space, students of differing grade levels are forced to receive instruction in the same room or in smaller, mud and stick buildings with dirt floors nearby. One building was simply sticks and lacked even the mud on the walls.

In January 2017, a team of AOV volunteers from Hunterdon County, NJ traveled to Atta ne Atta to begin work in transforming the school. They began building a new school building that serves all the students at every level. We completed this project in 2019! We will officially dedicate the building (which is currently in use) during our upcoming January 2020 trip.

The school serves two surrounding, smaller communities known as Atarekan and Brifa Nyimso.

NOTE: Both of these villages are “up for adoption” if your community, company or large group would like to get involved on a much more personal level.

All three villages have water challenges in various states:

Atta ne Atta: The wells were broken when we arrived and drinking, bathing and cooking water was a mud puddle that was also used by all the livestock. A better description was that they used a cesspool for water.  Yuck! We immediately repaired their pump well and have done so a number of times since due to its age. A new well has been dug at village center. It should go live in late 2019 or early 2020 as it is a government owned unit. However, we have built a water catchment system that is now located right off the main school building. It collects clean, safe water each time it rains. Electricity has been wired to all major structures and now the kids can work on homework in the early AM or late PM hours. Basic healthcare is supplied by the medical center AOV built just about 4 miles away.

Atarekan: The wells were in decent condition when evaluated. The kids walk about a mile to the Atta ne Atta school and receive clean water from the catchment system as well as training from the teachers. Electricity has been wired to all major structures. Kids can work on homework in the early AM or late PM hours. Basic healthcare is supplied by the medical center AOV built just about 5 miles away.

Brifa Nyimso: This community is in the most desperate need at this time. The single well were repaired a number of times and a new well has been dug at village center by AOV. It should go live a few months after electricity is offered to this village. It is a very unique well in the area as it is a very deep well at nearly 500′ and yet has a very low water yield. We will install a water catchment system and refill it with an electric pump 24/7 as needed so a reliable clean water source is accessible to all. Electricity has not yet been offered to this village. We hope to see that change in late 2019 or early 2020 as we work to make this happen with the local government. The wires pass by just feet away on the roadway. Basic healthcare is supplied by the medical center AOV built just about 6.5 miles away – a 35 minute car trip down the rough road. The kids make use of the Atta ne Atta school and water catchment system as they travel sporadically by foot about 2.5 miles each way to the school.

Can your town, county, business or organization jump in to help? We would love to connect your wisdom and passion to these communities.