Water in Africa
- Africa, Ghana
by Sasha Bennett, Bongo-Soe, Ghana
Children enjoy playing in water to cool off. Girls, however, do not play in ponds or dams; it is mostly little boys or men. Swimming in pond water and dam water does bring consequences. Because of children and men urinating or defecating in the water, there has been a high rate of bilharzia, also called schistosomiasis. This disease is caused by parasites called blood flukes that are transmitted to other people by the contaminated person defecating or urinating in a body of water. The common symptoms of this disease are abdominal pain and the urination or defecation of blood. In almost every available body of water, there are children playing, but there are some high prices to pay.
by Molly Campbell, Amisano, Ghana
There are other uses for water in my village. For example, a few individuals raise fish and they fill their fish ponds with water from the river because their ponds do not have a natural source. Also the local beekeeper uses water in his raising of bees. If the beekeeper keeps water close by, the bees stay closer to their hives.
by Nell Todd, Mafi-Dove, Ghana
Children swim and fish (a form of fun and food). I don't know any specific water games that children play.
by Amy Wiedemann, Gbefi, Volta Region, Ghana
Actually, most children in my community do not know how to swim, and thus, rightfully so, are quite timid when the river level rises. Hence, water sports and games are nonexistent.
by Steve Tester, Odumase Krobo, Ghana
Swimming and bathing go hand in hand. Children go to bathe in Lake Volta and are not only cleaning themselves but also having fun. There are few recreational activities concerning water, due to its value and scarceness.
by Michael Nelson, Gbani, Northern Region, Ghana
Most of the year there really is not enough water for the children to play any water games. This has probably prevented them from developing many water games. Like children everywhere, however, the kids know how to appreciate water. On a hot day during the rainy season, you will find them in the water, jumping puddles, flapping their arms in it, and splashing each other.
Most people here don't know how to swim, but all shallow water that comes with the rainy season is fair play. Indeed, I have seen them playing in the dwindling pools of our dam, right up to the point the dry season takes them away.