Since it was first established in 2000, TAQA’s operations in Ghana have worked extremely hard to establish itself not only as the leading independent power producer in Ghana, but also as a good corporate citizen within our local communities. Our objective is to identify projects and initiatives that make a lasting and positive contribution towards sustainable development through the focus areas of education, environmental protection, and improving the health and wellbeing of our own people and neighbors. We take great pride in the some of the initiatives which have visibly improved the lives of people in the surrounding communities. These efforts are not merely financial contributions and are often employee-led programs.
In supporting the promotion of quality health care delivery in the Shama District where the T2 Plant is located, the Takoradi plant has, since 2001, provided approximately US$ 500,000 worth of hospital equipment to the Volta River Authority’s hospital at Aboadze including an incinerator to improve sanitation and health and X-ray equipment.
In addition to the ongoing financial support, we have helped organize medical screening exercises for the people living in the surrounding area to tackle basic diseases prevalent in the area. First aid drugs are provided by the company to take care of ear, nose, throat and eye complications.
Infrastructure in many parts of Ghana, including the Takoradi region, is often inadequate. One of our key projects to improve local community health has been the undertaking of a sanitation program through the construction of gutters and culverts within the villages of a number neighboring communities. This allows storm water to drain adequately to the sea. Previously, standing water would increase the risk of malaria and other water-borne diseases impacting local villagers as well as putting added strain on the local healthcare services.
Since 2001, our operations in Ghana have supported the JIKO orphanage in Aboadze and the Lighthouse orphanage in Cape Coast, as well as the Sekondi School for the deaf, through the provision of specialist teaching and learning aids. These initiatives have a direct impact on the lives of children living within our surrounding communities, enabling children that would otherwise fall outside of the mainstream education system to receive a head start in life.
In addition to its support for the orphanages and school for the deaf, the Takoradi power plant also runs an annual scholarship award program, aimed at supporting underprivileged pupils who have demonstrated academic potential. The program is open to pupils of all ages living within the surrounding community and often receives in excess of 1,000 applications per year. To date, the program has sponsored about eight hundred intelligent, but under-privileged, children and provided unique opportunities to develop their education.
Our operations have also helped develop educational infrastructure by contributing to the building of the only Junior High School in Aboadze and Abuesi, and also fully rehabilitated the only Senior High School in the Shama District in 2003. Since 2006, TAQA has provided in excess of US$ 200,000 in funding to build, furnish and maintain a library for the local community. The company has provided books and furniture for the facility, as well as contributing to the annual maintenance costs and general upkeep of the facility.