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Refurbishing 50 Water Pumps with Humanity First Ghana Team


A team of Humanity First volunteers has returned to Ghana and is currently working on the on-going Water for Life initiative in Bolga. They are continuing restoration and installation of water wells with the support of the Humanity First Ghana team.

Under the guidance of Water for Life Director, Shahid Malik, Humanity First is working to renovate or, if necessary, completely replace dilapidated hand pumps in communities of Northern Ghana. The goal of the mission is to refurbish 50 water pumps in a ten-day span to provide access to clean, potable drinking water for villagers.

The Humanity First team consists of 10 volunteers, including UC Berkeley students SaadKaramat and Donovan McNiff. The Clausen Center for International Business and Policy at U.C.Berkely Haas School of Business has awarded Saad a grant to support his work with Humanity First in Ghana. In addition to assisting with the water pump project, Saad and Donovan will be conducting a study to acquire further information regarding the Water for Life project in Ghana.

Through the Water for Life initiative, Humanity First USA has constructed dozens of water wells in Africa, Asia, and Central America. For the past four years, Water for Life Director Mr. Malik has lead projects to provide access to water in communities of Ghana and Guatemala. Humanity First has also established a strong presence in Ghana through annual surgical missions performed by Humanity First USA medical teams. In May 2011, Ghana Surgical Mission Director Dr. Fizan Abdullah and Humanity First volunteers performed a week of successful surgeries in Accra hospitals.

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