- Providing Clean Drinking Water
- Improving Community Access & Management
- Promoting Hand Washing in Schools
The Ghana Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (GWASH) Project is a four-year (2009-2013) USAID-funded initiative to improve rural water, sanitation, and hygiene in Ghana. Working with local actors and community members, the project is engaged in more than 160 communities in five regions to assist in the achievement of Ghana’s national WASH goals: Western, Central, Eastern, Volta and the Greater Accra regions.
Who We Are
Learn more about the organizations implementing the Ghana WASH Project.
Our Mission: Improving Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Ghana’s Rural and Peri-urban Communities
The project provides water and sanitation facilities for communities and their schools, clinics and households. In constructing boreholes, hand-dug wells, small-town piping systems, and supporting the development of surface water kiosks, the project is ensuring potable water access for thousands of people. The project is also improving community sanitation through the construction of household latrines and institutional latrines for schools and clinics. Rainwater harvesting systems, most of them in kindergarten, primary and junior high schools, will provide hundreds of thousands of liters of potable water and will ensure youngsters have access to clean water for hand washing and hygiene.
The project’s major goal is to improve access to safe and adequate water supply and basic sanitation infrastructure for schools, clinics and households and promote complementary hygiene practices to maximize the health impact from this improved infrastructure. The project strives to reach this broader goal through the following intermediate objectives.
- Objective 1 Increase access to improved water and sanitation infrastructure for individual households, communities, schools, and clinics in the target areas.
- Objective 2 Assist in developing innovative modes of establishing new infrastructure.
- Objective 3 Improve the capacity of small grant recipients including official bodies to mobilize community members to actively participate in the improvement and maintenance of water and sanitation infrastructure.
- Objective 4 Support the development of behaviors that result in: (a) water and sanitation (WatSan) infrastructure that is well-utilized by target communities; and, (b) increased adoption of complementary hygiene behaviors that will reduce water-borne diseases.
- Objective 5 Manage existing partnerships and potentially develop new partnerships with private sector and/or voluntary organizations committed to achieving the same results.
Working hand-in-hand with educational, community, organizational and government leadership, the project ensures proper management of facilities and corresponding hygiene behavior. This behavior change approach, coupled with the provision of necessary physical facilities, is a holistic strategy toward achieving community health.
Through partnerships with local non-government organizations, private-sector partners, government agencies and community leadership, the project builds organizations’ local capacity, communities’ local management and ensures sustainability of facilities. Already, the project has leveraged more than $1,000,000 through public-private partnerships for its activities. Likewise, the project’s Small Grants Facility is providing more than $100,000 in funding for innovative, locally-driven solutions for the WASH sector. Small grants are awarded to community groups and associations in targeted districts, to broaden the impact of the project’s activities.
Learn more about our partnerships.
Learn more about the Small Grants Facility.