Rotary International (RI) in collaboration with USAID has organized a day’s training for Water and Sanitation Management Team (WSMT) members from some selected communities within the GA South Municipality in the Greater Accra region.
The beneficiary communities are Hobor Congo, Nsuobri No. 2, Obinfo, Bosoafise, Adorfokrom and Tebu Agbi.
The training session forms part of RI – USAID Partnering for Impact Water and Sanitation Project.
According to the organisers the objectives of the session were basically to instill Community Leadership, Advocacy and Ownership skills in community members since these are a key component of the WASH project which is also intended to better their lot with physical water and Sanitation facilities.
The $4 million project has seen the construction of 10 boreholes fitted with hand pumps and 4 community and institutional toilets in nine communities.
The constructions of the facilities were done in conjunction with Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) and Global Communities.
Funding for the project which was provided by both RI and USAID had participants being schooled on different modules of leadership, team building, resource mobilizing and volunteerism, advocacy skills, as well as the need for action oriented plans that will bring positive change in their various communities.
Due to the need to ensure ownership and sustainability of the water and sanitation facilities the team members were taken through sessions on Ghana’s water, sanitation and environment policies as well as the citizens roles and responsibilities in the scheme of things.
Speaking in an interview the media, the Committee Chairman for the project, Mr. Ako Odotei, noted the essence of the training very much needed to equip WSMT members with leadership, advocacy and volunteerism skills among others so that they become empowered and advocates for change in their communities.
“It’s important that members of our community are trained for them to have a sense of ownership of facilities that are constructed in communities. In so doing they will see to the protection, become care takers of such facilities and assist in the mobilization of resources to maintain them at all times”.
He further indicated that he was thrilled with the sense of maturity and involvement of the participants in the training and management of facilities in their various communities.
On her part, the Lead – Advocacy Chair of the program, Madam Naana Agyemena – Mensah, taking the participants through a session on leadership tasked members not to be autocratic, but be open minded, team players, communicate well among themselves, be accountable, delegate duties and work within the structures so as to achieve the aims and objectives set out by the team members.
“Good leadership must be able to identify people with potential so as to tap into their qualities at the community level since at the end it’s the community that stands the greater chance to benefit”.
She advised participants to have a listening ear, respect others views, have compassion, and provide information at all times to avoid conflicts among themselves.
Both the Project Manager- Messrs Theophilus Mensah, and Advocacy Consultant – Mr. Rockson Dutenya, took members through CWSA standards on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and the rudiments for team building at all times.
The WSMT leaders were thankful to the organizers for the training with a promise to adhere to what they have learnt.