City and Xylem help bring clean water access to Cape Coast, Ghana

Club legend, Joleon Lescott, paid a special visit to our Cityzens Giving project in Ghana in February to help bring clean water access and vital water education through football to young people in local communities.

We take a look back at the visit which saw Lescott join forces up with a dedicated team of Xylem employee volunteers and City fans, including from the South Ghana Official Supporters Club, to build two new water filtration towers in Cape Coast.

The towers contain water filtration systems which will help provide for the daily drinking needs of 1,800 people, reduce the burden of collecting water, and counter water-borne diseases, keeping children healthier and in school.

To see A GALLERY from the trip, click here 

Joleon Lescott said: "I was honoured to join this visit to Cape Coast in Ghana alongside our partner, Xylem, and our amazing fan volunteers.

"To see first-hand the impact young leaders are making in their communities through the power of football, and to be able to contribute to the building of the water towers, was an incredible experience."

Calvin, Chair of the South Ghana Official Supporters Club, who volunteered on the project said: “You can see it’s been done in a community that needs it the most.

"Giving a facility like this to a deprived community means so much, it is a dream. Coming together and volunteering as supporters is one of the best things that could happen.

"This has brought us much closer to the Club.”

Mawuli, also from the South Ghana Official Supporters Club, added: “This experience has been unparalleled and I’m so grateful for it.

"My favourite moment was seeing the children wash their hands with joy. The icing on the cake was when they were given cups to take some water to drink, their smiles were so resounding, that was a unique personal experience for me.”

The project forms part of Xylem Water Heroes Academy, a unique collaboration between Xylem and Cityzens Giving, empowering young leaders in 10 cities around the world to solve local water challenges using the power of football.