Meet two watsan communities who are redefining community ownership to improve not just water and sanitation access, but much more.
The Ghana WASH Project is working with more than 20 Peace Corps Volunteers through its partnership with Peace Corps Ghana to improve water, sanitation and hygiene. The innovative partnership is yielding local impacts and capacity building for communities, and allowing the project to expand its impact in Ghana.
This International Women’s Day, allow us to introduce you to women leaders in water and sanitation: The Ofankor Market Association, which includes a rich representation of female leaders, who are now taking on watsan improvements in their market community.
“The difference between the river water and the water facility is that the water facility is clean and safe for drinking more than the river water,” says Cornelia Nketia, whose household is one of many benefitting from clean water, thanks to USAID and the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation’s partnership for water sustainability.
Across five regions, the Ghana WASH Project is working alongside nine local NGOs to carry out its development activities. Through these local organizations, the project has a direct link to connect with and support rural and peri-urban communities.
Improving water, sanitation and hygiene provides immense advantages for young girls and women. In GWASH communities, the project contributes to more positive educational experiences of young girls and stronger forums for women to participate in decision-making. In addition, women are mobilizing their communities for the construction of latrine facilities, a new opportunity for leadership.
In two communities in Central Region, the GWASH Project is training local individuals as artisans skilled in latrine construction and maintenance and mobilizing households to commit and contribute to latrine construction. These sanitation interventions are empowering community members to make wide-spread changes in their sanitation and hygiene practices.
For many of the schoolchildren at the Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal Assembly (LEKMA) schools, lack of access to improved water, sanitation facilities at home, school and in their community is a challenging daily experience. Households and communities are confronted by perennial water problems, poorly maintained public toilets, an insufficient number of sanitation facilities as well as ignorance and improper understanding of sanitation and hygiene. The Ghana WASH Project works with LEKMA’s schools to address these issues.
Improving community water access & management, one borehole at a time: Positive impacts in Ghana’s Central Region
When Ama Amissah came to her husband’s small village of Abaasi Nyame Bekyere four months ago, the community’s main sources for water were the nearby stream and a well built a few years before. But neither of these was dependable for reliable, clean drinking water. A new borehole, provided by the GWASH Project, is providing clean, accessible water to Ama and the rest of her community.