WaterAid Ghana a Non-profit organization operating in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services in partnership with DFID/Unilever UK has donated 30 veronica buckets with metal stands, hand washing bowls and waste baskets to the Ablekuma Central Municipal Education Directorate in the Greater Accra region.
The WASH items are to be distributed to some basic schools in the Municipality to augment what government and WaterAid Ghana have given earlier.
According to WaterAid Ghana the donation is to help promote appropriate handwashing and hygeine techniques to fight against COVID-19.
Speaking in an interview with Todaygh.com’s Franklin ASARE-DONKOH, after the donation, the Acting Head of Programmes at WaterAid Ghana, Mr Sampson Aheleh Tetteh explained that the donation of WASH facilities falls under a project dubbed
“Hygiene and Behaviour Change Coalition (HBCC) for COVID-19 Control.
This according to him the nine months lifespan wash project which began in May 2020 and ending in February 2021 was designed to build on WaterAid’s extensive experience in running national and local hygiene behavior campaigns using the Assess, Build, Create, Deliver, Evaluate (ABCDE) steps of the Behaviour Centred Design Approach was in response to figth the global Corona Virus pandemic.
“As part of supporting health care facilities and other public places during this covid-19 period, WaterAid Gh. through the HBCC project has so far distributed 148-foot operated hand washing facilities and 250 metal Tippy Taps in its six operating districts of the project.
Again, with the support of Unilever, 65,000 pieces of hand sanitizers and 35,000 pieces of lifebuoy soaps has also been distributed in the: Bongo, Kassena Nankana West, Wa, Nanumba South, Affraim Plains South, and Ablekuma Central Municipalities“ the Acting Head of Programmes – WaterAid Ghana disclosed.
He announced that his outfit is currently working with its local partners in disseminating information on the five core behaviours of COVID-19 and therefore appealed to the officers in the Municipal Directorate as well as teachers to help in that regard.
Currently plans are far afoot for the distribution of an additional 60 metal stands, 60 veronica buckets with accessories to some schools in the remaining districts. Mr Tetteh hinted.
The WASH facilities were received by the Ablekuma Central Municipal Coordinating Director (MCD), Mr Abdulai Alhassan Issifu on behalf of the Municipal Education Directorate.
Mr Alhassan Issifu was full of praise for WaterAid Ghana and its partners for coming to complement efforts of government and the municipality in the fight against COVID-19.
He assured the team from WaterAid Ghana that, the items were be put into good use to achieve it intended purpose for which the items were donated.
The MCD of Ablekuma Central Municipal Assembly however, urged the beneficiaries to adopt and practice high maintenance culture to prolonged the lifespan of the items.
Story and Pics: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH