Sustainable Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project (sWASH 1)

In July 2019 there an outbreak of yaws, a neglected tropical disease, in some rural communities in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipal Assembly in the Eastern Region of Ghana. The disease outbreak was found to be linked to inadequate access to improved water, poor sanitation, and hygiene in these communities. Through our fundraising efforts, GrowthAid was lucky to receive funding from Latter-Day Saints Charities, INC to implement the Sustainable Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project. The project covered the period from November 2019 – August 2020. Over 6,200 residents in nine rural communities namely, Oborpah, Ayermasu, Gyakiti, Buenye, Tsledom, Anumako, Korm Yonguase, Wawase, Puengua Oblemanya in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality were provided with new basic water, Sanitation and Hygiene services.

Map of Eastern Region of Ghana highlighting Lower Manya Krobo Municipal Assembly where the project was implemented.  

STAKEHOLDER ENGEMENT & PROJECT OWNERSHIP:

As part of our stakeholder engagement and project ownership efforts, we signed an MoU with the MCE of Lower Assembly

CAPACITY BUILDING FOR SUSTAINABILITY

⦁ Central to sWASH1 project was our Capacity building for sustainability initiative. We pioneered an innovative model where;
⦁ we acquired and installed water sensors on all AFRIDEV pumps in our project communities.
⦁ WATSAN committees were trained on how to use the sensors to monitor the performance of their community boreholes, report and get them repaired
⦁ The sensors were used to end short messages with spoiled pump parts codes into the national system operated by Sky Fox Limited for the parts to be delivered to communities. This worked to reduce the down time of boreholes.
⦁ Operated Iron Removal Plants for Rural Water Systems”. This model is a departure from previous iron removal plants that depends on external stakeholders for routine maintenance and repairs. This dependency has often led to abandonment of boreholes with high iron levels. Through our approach, skilled artisans were integrated in WATSAN committees in project communities and trained on the construction, operation, and maintenance of iron removal plants as a business

PROMOTION OF SANITATION AND HYGIENE BEHAVIOUR CHANGE

As part of our sanitation and Hygiene promotion efforts, latrine artisans and hygiene volunteers were identified and trained to support their respective communities in building improved toilets and hand washing facilities as well as promoting acceptable hygiene behaviours

 

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