200 Zongo Communities in six regions to benefit from E-Wash Project

200 Zongo Communities in six regions to benefit from E-Wash Project

Story by Abraham Donkor & Louis Ofori

The Zongo and Inner Cities Development Secretariat has entered into an agreement with the Global Communities-Ghana, an international NGO to implement the USAID’s Enhancing Water Sanitation and Hygiene (E-WASH) activity in six regions in Ghana. Under the Memorandum of Understanding, Global Communities-Ghana will select communities based on their water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) need in collaboration with key stakeholders including Members of Parliament,MMDCE’s and other opinion leaders.

With the E-WASH underway for the fiscal year 2022,the Inner Cities and Zongo Communities within the year under review will be validated and roped in as beneficiaries under this partnership. subsequently,new inner cities and Zongo communities that fall under the ambit of the Zongo and inner cities Development Secretariat will benefit from the partnership.

The Country Director of Global Communities-Ghana, Mr. Alberto Wilde noted that the E-WASH is a five-year rural WASH project supported by the USAID which was awarded to an 11-member consortium with Global Communities-Ghana as lead implementer in September 2021.The goal of the E-WASH activity, he stressed is to accelerate sustainable improvement in Sanitation and access to water and sanitation and ensure improved hygiene behaviour in targeted districts of the Northern, Upper East, Upper West, North East, Savannah and Oti Regions.

“Throughout the five-year period, the project will partner the government of Ghana to enhance governance in planning for WASH delivery services,and strengthen sustainable WASH financing, improve private sector engagement, and accelerate the adoption of convenient and safe WASH behaviours”.

About 200 Communities in 21 Districts in six regions will benefit from this activity. The National Coordinator of the Zongo and Inner Cities Development Secretariat at the Office of the President,Mr Ben Abdallah Banda welcomed the partnership which he said is a catalyst to enhance the living standards of Zongo dwellers with respect to WASH activities. He was of the view that such partnerships have the tendency of helping government and its quasi agencies such as the Zongo Development Fund to reduce challenges government alone can not shoulder. Mr Banda appealed to other development-orientated organisations to come on board to help champion the development aspirations of the Communities in meeting the targets for the Sustainable Development Goals.

“….day in day out and year in, year out, the government of the day pumps in a lot of money into drilling mechanised boreholes and also making sure that the people have access to hospitals, the sanitary conditions of the people are better, so that at the end of the day, the living conditions of the people are also better. That’s exactly what the MOU is intended to achieve”.

The event was witnessed by the Chief Director at the Jubilee House, Mr. Benry Wood, the CEO of Zongo Development Fund, Mr. Arafat Sulemana Abdulai among others.

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