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“We no longer quarrel with our wives, thanks to USAID – Mankralo”
Ghana News Agency

November 5, 2013 - Mr. Isaac Owusu, Mankralo of Abutia Traditional Area, has said petty quarrels between husbands and wives in the community over serving of food late had stopped after USAID and Rotary International through Ghana Wash provided the community with a borehole.

“We no longer quarrel with our wives for serving food late because they don’t walk long distances searching for water and now prepare our food on time,” he said.

Mr Owusu said this during a tour by Mr James Bever, USAID-Ghana Mission Director, to some USAID partly sponsored water and sanitation projects in the community.

The farming community, some 13 kilometres from Ho with a population of about 6,000, until 2011 depended on groundwater and streams for drinking water with women and children walking long distances to fetch water for domestic use.

Mr Owusu said the facility had brought happiness to the community, coming with enhanced sanitation conditions.

“Project Spotlight – Ghana: Washing Away School Absences”

June 19, 2013 – Clad in their orange shirts and brown jumpers, Maybelle and Comfort are two bright-eyed young girls who have been given a chance at better health, better education, and increased lifetime earnings. Thanks to the USAID Ghana WASH project, Assin Kumasi Kindergarten, Primary, and Junior High School in the rural community of Beposo, Ghana got access to improved sanitation for the first time in the form of a four-seater institutional latrine.


“Aowin: Ghana WASH Calls for Action on Open Defecation”

April 8, 2013 –  The national coordinator in charge of Community Led Total Sanitation(CLTS) for the Ghana WASH Project, Mr. Dominic Kwame Dapaah has called for action to stop open defecation.

Mr. Dapaah who was adddressing a five day hygiene and sanitation workshop organized for environmental health assistants and community natural leaders from 13 communities in  Aowin and Suaman districts in Enchi, the district capital of Aowin said hygiene and sanitation were very important elements in one’s endeavor.


“Health Assistants Tasked”
Today Ghana

April 8, 2013 – National Coordinator in charge of Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) for the Ghana WASH Project, Dominic Kwame Dapaah has charged Natural Leaders in the Aowin and Suaman Districts to ensure that members in their communities respond spontaneously to triggering exercises in ensuring that immediate actions are taken to stop open defecation.


“Hygiene and Sanitation Workshop Ends in Aowin Suaman”
Government of Ghana Information Centre

March 26, 2013 – The Ghana WASH Project’s Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) Coordinator Dominic Dapaah, Western Region Environmental Health Officer Glory Agordzo, and Assembly Member for Sewum Electoral Area Emmanuel Adjei lead a five-day hygiene and sanitation workshop in Aowin Suaman, Western Region. The workshop targeted environmental health assistants and community natural leaders from 13 communities in both Aowin and Suaman districts has been completed in Enchi, the Aowin district capital in the Western Region. Mr. Adjei said the program was an eye opener, educative and has added value to him.


“Lessons Learned from International H2O Collaboration”
Rotary International News

March 20, 2013 – Dozens of broken hand pumps dot villages in Ghana ─ evidence of well-intentioned efforts gone awry because sustainability wasn’t built into the projects that installed them. Perhaps fees weren’t collected to fund repairs, or local officials weren’t recruited to manage and oversee continued operations. School latrines also fail at a high rate, as projects often overlook the fact that they must be emptied periodically.

These are just two of the findings from a recent review of the International H2O Collaboration, a partnership between Rotary International and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that is beginning its fifth year.


“The Ghana WASH Project”

January 29, 2013 –  It is still early in the morning, but Cornelia Nketia, a mother of four, is up and already in the queue for water. Six months ago, her only option would be to fetch the murky, brown water from the nearby Asukawkaw River, 15 minutes away. Tainted by the livestock that enters in slowly to drink and cool down from the hot and arid December air, it was the community’s water source for all household activities, from drinking to bathing to washing dishes.

“We know the water isn’t clean and makes our children sick, but we didn’t have any other choice until this water center was built,” she says in the local language Ewe, as she looks off in the distance.


Ghana WASH Project Radio Feature
BBC Radio Afrique

January 2, 2013 – Thousands of people live in the peri-urban areas of Accra with access to neither running water nor private toilets in their households, posing multiple public health challenges like diarrhea and dysentery. To respond to these fundamental questions, the Ghana WASH helps by financing, in part, the construction of household latrines in five regions of the country.


“Aowin: District Marks World Toilet Day”

November 22, 2012 – The Aowin District Assembly in collaboration with Ghana Wash Project, a non-governmental organisation has commemorated World Toilet Day in the District. The day, which is marked every 19th November, was organized in Amonie, one of the Ghana Wash Project catchment communities, with a ground durbar.