ZA’ADANTINGA – ‘We Say’ Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) PROJECT: SGH10020GR0060, funded by USAID
GrowthAid received a grant from USAID in 2020 to implement ‘We Say’ Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project in Za’adantinga, a community located in the East Mamprusi Municipality of North East Region of Ghana. The overall goal of the Za’adantinga ‘We Stay’ project was to provide sustainable safe water to households and to promote livelihood opportunities to dissuade prospective emigrants to stay in the community rather than migrating to cities as head porters, otherwise known as “kayayees’. Over 1369 people in 130 houses across more than 200 households benefited from the project.
STAKE HOLDER ENGAGEMENT
To ensure successful implementation of the project, GrowthAid engaged with Key Stakeholders to get their buy-in. These key stakeholders include our USAID our donor, chiefs and opinion leaders in the community.
As part of our capacity building efforts two gender balanced WATSAN committees, two pump mechanic, and two pump caretakers were trained to man the water facilities provided.
PROVISION OF WATER FACILITIES
As part of the ToR, GrowthAid provided Za’dantinga town with a mechanized borehole with two sprouts placed at vantage points for fetching water along with rehabilitating an already existent borehole in the Za’dantinga Town located in the East Mamprusi District.
No more travelling for “Kayeye” Jobs
My name is Awafu Moses Azure, I am 58 years, a farmer, and a resident of Zarantinga community in the East Mamprusi Municipality of Ghana. In every farming season, our wives, sisters, children, and the youths are busy on their farms since we have one season characterized by rain-fed Agriculture. At that time, no one travels to urban areas searching for jobs. But because of no alternative livelihoods during the dry season characterized by perennial water crisis in this community, many of our women and the youths migrate to urban centres in search of menial jobs (Kayeye) where some of them are raped, and physically abused. These water facilities will help us do dry season vegetable backyard gardening where our teeming youths, and women will be self-employed, earned income, cook nutritious food, and reduced the phenomenal rural-urban drift in this community. I am grateful to the Donor and GrowthAid for such great intervention in our community.
“My children will be punctual to school”
My name is Apoka Achiri, I am 37 years a peasant farmer and a native of Zarantinga under the Kpakpirigbiangu electoral area in the East Mamprusi Municipality. For the past four years, after the breakdown of our borehole, having access to safe water in Zarantinga was difficult and we had no choice than to get our source of water from a stream called “Kuludoo” which was unsafe for human consumption as a result of the practice of open defecation. I had to walk for long distance with two of my girls to get water. As a result of that, my two girls were always late for school, missing instructional hours and sometimes sleeps in class whiles teaching is taking place. This affected their academic performance. Thanks to GrowthAid and the United State of America, Ghana Embassy for coming to our aid and now we can boast of safe and sustainable water which we are going to use for dry season vegetable farming to support our children’s education and ourselves.