Atta ne Atta Community
Our outreach to Atta ne Atta Community: In line with Adopt one Village’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.
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.
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 officially dedicated the building (which is currently in use) during our January 2020 trip. The school serves two surrounding, smaller communities known as Atarekan and Brifa Nyimso which are even more remote and in need of help.
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 collects clean, safe water all the time. Electricity has been wired to all the major structures. Basic healthcare is supplied by the medical center Adopt One Village built just about 4 miles away in Yaw Tenkorang.
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 as well as training from the teachers. Electricity has been wired to all major structures. Basic healthcare is supplied by the medical center in Yaw Tenkorang and it is just about 5 miles away.
Brifa Nyimso: This community is in the most desperate need at this time. The single well was repaired a number of times and a new well has been dug at village center. It should go live a few months after electricity is offered to this village via solar power or if we can tap into the GRID. 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. The wires pass by just feet away on the roadway. Basic healthcare is supplied by the medical center in Yaw Tenkorang 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.