Several years ago, the Odyssey Family of Schools developed a partnership with Kpaachi Yili, a village of 1293 residents in northern Ghana. In partnership with the Water is Life Foundation, Odyssey has been able to help provide clean water solutions, sanitation, and hygiene initiatives. Because of the generosity of the scholars and families of Odyssey, an incredible transformation has taken place.
In 2011, after a year-long fundraising effort, our WiL Ambassador and junior high Spanish teacher, Jessica Milakovich, travelled to Ghana to distribute 500 filter straws that were purchased with the more than $5,000.00 raised by Odyssey scholars. Mrs. Milakovich was welcomed with open arms by the members of the Kpaachi Yili community who were thrilled with the donation.
Since 2011, we have raised almost $25,000.00 to support WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) initiatives specifically in Kpaachi Yili. From water filtration systems, to latrine building, to hygiene education curriculum in the schools, and soap making by local women and most recently, a fully funded fence and gate surrounding their water source! We also helped fund the expansion of their dugout to hold water year round.
Our support has produced a flourishing, sustainable community we are able to call a partner. The combination of financial support and community buy-in has allowed for positive health changes in the school and community.