Conclusion of Soak-Away Pit Construction Project – Ghana
The project was developed to prevent malaria by reducing mosquito populations and removing breeding grounds through soak-away pit construction.
Soak-away pits are simple to build and cost effective, as the materials are minimal. Ideally malaria rates will decrease and the community will understand the factors that led to this.
Students were educated in the reasons for soak away pits and how to construct them. They then passed that knowledge on to their families, building pits for their own houses. Neighbors saw the benefits of the pits, and joined in to construct their own.
The project was successful on a number of levels. Pits were built, directly reducing standing water. Students learned about the various ways of reducing malaria, and also the technology of building the pits. Finally, the experience will serve as motivation to the community to undertake further development efforts.
The project was funded through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust.