The Ghana Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project is a four-year, USAID-funded initiative to improve rural and peri-urban communities through the provision of water and sanitation facilities, and complementary hygiene education.
The achievements of the Ghana WASH Project could not have been made without the essential expertise, experience and effort of its three implementing agencies. As a team, Relief International, the Adventist Development Relief Agency and Winrock International are working together to positively impact Ghana’s communities, by providing necessary physical infrastructure as well as behavior change messaging, community support and local agency capacity building. While each agency brings its unique skills to the project, these organizations work in a collaborative effort to achieve shared goals. In addition, each agency has a strong and positive track record of leading community-focused development projects in West Africa.
The organizations implementing the Ghana WASH Project:
Relief International is a humanitarian non-profit agency providing emergency relief, rehabilitation, development assistance, and program services to vulnerable communities worldwide. Relief International is solely dedicated to reducing human suffering and is non-political and non-sectarian in its mission. As an organization, Relief International’s mission is to:
- Serve the needs of the most vulnerable – particularly women and children, victims of natural disasters & civil conflicts, and the poor – with a specific focus on neglected groups and cases.
- Provide holistic, multi-sectoral, sustainable, and pro-poor programs that bridge emergency relief and long-term development at the grassroots level.
- Empower communities by building capacity and by maximizing local resources in both program design and implementation.
- Promote self-reliance, peaceful coexistence, and reintegration of marginalized communities.
- Protect lives from physical injury or death and/or psychological trauma where present.
- Uphold the highest professional norms in program delivery, including accountability to beneficiaries and donors.
Relief International dedicates itself to seeking and addressing the long-term developmental needs of its beneficiaries.
In July 2009, RI merged with Enterprise Works/VITA(EWV), a global leader in combating poverty through helping small producers and other entrepreneurs to build sustainable businesses that create jobs and increase productivity, market opportunities, and incomes. Together, RI and EWV possess significant experience in West Africa including country programs in Ghana, Guinea, Niger, and Senegal.
Relief International leads the implementation and overall management of the Ghana WASH Project. The integrated approach addresses the key challenges to long-term sustainability faced by previous water and sanitation programming: (a) ineffective behavior change, (b) lack of community ownership, (c) insufficient local capacity to manage infrastructure, and (d) insufficient coordination between public and private stakeholders.
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The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is the development arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is a non-governmental, non-sectarian, development-oriented organization that focuses on community development, disaster relief, and rehabilitation.
Originally focused on humanitarian relief operations, ADRA has since broadened its mission to include sustainable community development programs. In Ghana, ADRA has worked in all ten regions, and invests in the potential of individuals through advocacy and training, supporting families, promoting health, providing food, sanitation and water, establishing livelihoods and responding to emergencies.
ADRA assists rural, urban and peri-urban dwellers to overcome the challenges of poverty, preventable diseases, and illiteracy. The agency goes where the need is and works with communities and collaborating government agencies in achieving stated objectives. ADRA has also implemented a decade-long development assistance program for USAID, which included significant water and sanitation activities such as building water and sanitation infrastructure.
ADRA has almost two decades of experience implementing water and sanitation programs, including the provision of Kumasi Ventilated Improved Pit Latrines (KVIPs) and soak away pits to over 2,000 households in Ghana. For the Ghana WASH Project, ADRA brings its expertise and experience in water and sanitation infrastructure planning, engineering, construction and environmental compliance.
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Winrock International is an independent, nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. With operations worldwide, Winrock brings a long history of international experience working in water resource management, small-scale participatory approach to the design and implementation of water resources management and expertise in multiple areas for sanitation, hygiene and behavior change.
Winrock is a consortium member under USAID’s Global Water for Sustainability (GLOWS) Leader with Associate Agreements, and an implementing member of the West Africa Water Initiative (WAWI) and Water and Development Alliance (WADA). Winrock has worked in West Africa for over 20 years and has implemented projects in a variety of sectors including water resources and irrigation, education, agriculture, rural social science research and policy, and enterprise development.
Winrock’s activities in the Ghana WASH Project fall under the organization’s portfolio of interventions in its Empowerment and Civic Engagement Group, which designs and implements programs to reach populations in greatest need. These programs build the capacity of individuals and organizations to actively participate in local and national development and to transform their societies. Under the umbrella of the Ghana WASH Project, Winrock International leads the training and capacity building of local NGOs who work with communities to develop, manage and monitor their own water sanitation practices and structures.
Winrock’s two-fold approach takes into account the importance of local capacity building as well as strategic behavior change. The major goal of the Ghana WASH project is to improve access to safe and adequate water supply and basic sanitation infrastructure for schools, clinics and households; through Winrock, the project is promoting complementary hygiene practices to maximize the health impact from these improved infrastructures. This is achieved through orientation and experience sharing workshops; community awareness and mobilization; water, sanitation and hygiene messaging; development of behavior change messages; delivery of BCC messages by community groups; and monitoring and assessment of community progress.
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