Ghana is a country located in West Africa, on the Gulf of Guinea. Two thirds of the country is covered by Savanna, which is grassland with some scattered shrubs and trees, and the country is mostly flat plains with very few rivers. This terrain makes it very difficult for many people in Ghana to access safe drinking water, and 22 million Ghanaians lack adequate sanitation services. Without these basic services, people in Ghana frequently suffer from dehydration, malnutrition and diarrhea (the leading cause of death in the developing world). Ryan’s Well, along with local partner Dawn of a New Age (DONA), will continue to focus their efforts this year on people in the Amansie Central and Adansi South Districts.
Two deep wells along with distribution taps and hand washing stations will be installed in two health / maternity clinics – one in Akutreso that serves 16, 094 people annually, and one in Atweneboana that serves 14, 380 people annually – in total, servicing approximately 30, 474 people from 56 surrounding villages. In addition, a village well will be put in the community of Seidukrom, which will directly service 357 inhabitants. District Water officers will be a part of WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) training that will be delivered to all three communities. Water Committees (WATSANs) will also be formed, and will be involved in all planning to ensure total community ownership upon completion of the project.
What will Funds Support:
• Drilling of 3 deep wells (two health/maternity clinics and one village)
• Installation of 2 overhead storage tanks, distribution taps and hand washing stations
• Community organization and assistance in planning and forming of water committees (WATSANs)
• Intensive WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Education) Training for staff and Communities of Akutreso health facility, Aktweneboana health facility and Seidukrom.
• Ongoing local monitoring and evaluation
The development objective of the project is to maximize health benefits for these communities in Ghana through the integration of water, sanitation and hygiene education interventions. This will be accomplished by sensitizing the beneficiary health centres and communities, and building their capacities towards the achievement of sustainable Community Ownership and Management (COM) for facilities and promotion of community-led total sanitation (CLTS). The WATSAN committees formed will be in charge of all maintenance activities to ensure all communities are sustainably self-sufficient after implementation of the project.
Every effort is made to designate your funds as requested; however, if the specified project has become fully funded or unforeseen circumstances delay its start, we may allocate your donation to another important project