Nii Oteng MacGranaky, Abafun Akutsotse

GLOBAL COMMUNITIES (CHF) with support from the USAID has extended the Water Access Sanitation and Hygiene for the Urban Poor (WASH – UP) programme to the people of La in the Greater Accra region under a new grant.

The programme was launched on behalf of the La Mantse, Nii Kpobi Tettey Tsuru III by Nii Oteng MacGranaky, Head of the Abafun Quarter in La.

Launching the programme, Nii La said, the La Traditional Council looks forward to working closely with all stakeholders that would be involved in the implementation of the WASH-UP programme in the Abafun-Kowe-Abese communities in La. He pledged the Council’s commitment to releasing land to CHF International for any of the implementation processes that might require it.

Mr. Ebenezer Kye-Mensah, Capacity Building Specialist of the CHF International, said the goal of the extension of the WASH-UP programme is to increase equitable access to improved water supply and basic sanitation for poor urban communities in Ghana by improving water supply and sanitation infrastructure, behavior, and governance.

Mr. Kye-Mensah said the goal of the programme would be achieved through increased household access to affordable, improved, and sustainable drinking water; increased househols access to improved and sustainable sanitation facilities; and the promotion of innovative economic enterprises in the areas of water and sanitation.

Other means by which the programme would be implemented are the improvement of hygiene and sanitation behaviours among the urban poor, and the strengthening of local governance for water supply, sanitation service and hygiene promotion.

The ceremony, held at the forecourt of the La Traditional Council on Wednesday, 15th January 2012 was attended by Nii Kpobi Tettey Tsuru III, Paramount Chief of the La Traditional Council as well as Elders and priests of the Traditional Council, members and staff of USAID, Representatives of CHF International and Presiding Member of the La Dadekotopon Municipal Assembly, Hon. Augustine Nai with members of the community in attendance to witness the occasion.

The WASH – UP programme has had many achievements in the last four years selected communities in Ghana. These include installing water kiosks, training entrepreneurs, building public latrines and giving out hand washing supplies. In the next few years, the programme aims at creating more public water kiosks, constructing storm drains, creating businesses that promote hygienic activities and installing latrines in at least 2,000 households.

The community members in attendance were enthusiastic about the progress of these changes. Those working with the organizations were glad to be able to continue the programmes, and about the prospect of working with La to promote better health in the community in the upcoming years.

Communities that have benefited from the WASH-UP project include Avenor, Ayidiki, Nima East all in the Greater Accra Region and Kojokrom and New Takoradi in the Western Region.

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