The prevention of diseases caused by contaminated water or low hygiene standards is an important, if not the most important factor, in achieving sustainable development.
Our WaSH projects – water, sanitation and hygiene – are therefore among the most important measures in the sustainable development of a village.
The WaSH concept rests on three basic pillars:
- Pillars 1 and 2: combining the water supply and toilet facilities into one unit.
- Pillar 3 consists of sensitisation and capacity building, as well as the participation of the target groups, at all levels.
Almost all people suffer from diseases caused by the dirty water, if a village does not have a borehole. Especially babies and children are exposed to a high risk. Diarrhoeal diseases, such as cholera, often lead to death among the undernourished and weakened children.
This is exactly where WaSH projects come in. The infrastructure creates the conditions to prevent outbreaks of disease. Sensitisation and education campaigns enable knowledge transfer, thus strengthening personal responsibility and achieving a multiplier-effect.
On the other hand, especially the girls are supported through the WaSH projects. This gives them the opportunity to go to school, even during their menstruation. If the school does not have a toilet facility, the girls stay away from school, because they have no possibility to change their hygiene products.
Before we start a project, we discuss the project with the villagers and their Council of Elders, jointly choose the borehole site, and elect a committee, which will be responsible for the maintenance of the project.
Traditionally, African women are responsible for fetching water and that is why the committee consists of the eldest women of the village. These women are involved in every step of the project, so they can get the knowledge necessary to maintain and repair the well autonomously. Another positive effect resulting from this approach: the women are then able to repair boreholes in other villages.
Projects on the topic: WaSH
West Mamprussi Distrikt Water Project
The people in the West Mamprusi District live in extreme poverty. We want to help 16 communities, with almost 55,000 people, who do not have access to sufficient clean drinking water.
Banda District Water Project
The Banda District is located in the Bono Region of Ghana. There is no sufficient access to clean drinking water. Some communities have a well, but it is not sufficient, due to the large population.
Time to share
Time to share will enable 30,000 people to have a future without a constant search for water. Together with the people, your donation can become water!
Dame Nkwanta School-WaSH Project
The town of Dama Nkwanta is located 25 km from the district capital of Prang and has about 5,200 inhabitants. The children are taught outdoors and in temporary sheds. This leads to many problems.
Nkwantapong water project
The village does not have his own borehole. Women and children have to get up very early every morning and fetch water from a neighbouring village.
Ampaha School WaSH Project
In schools, WaSH projects are an important building block for positive behavioural changes in children with regard to hygiene. WaSH means: water, sanitation and hygiene. Access to clean drinking water and adequate sanitation is of fundamental importance for the children in Ampaha.
Brahoho School-WaSH Project
WaSH means: water, sanitation and hygiene. Access to clean drinking water and adequate sanitation is of fundamental importance for the children in Brahoho.
Abease School WaSH Project
In schools, WaSH projects are an important element for positive changes, in the behaviour of children, with regard to hygiene. Only in this way diseases can be prevented, important hygiene measures learned and regular school attendance – for both boys and girls – be made possible.
A borehole for the village Adjei Akuraa
Adjei Akurra is a village of 215 inhabitants and has no access to safe drinking water.
WaSH project forSt. Michael Technical Institut
The St. Michaels Technical & Vocational Institut is an educational facility without adequate toilet facilities and no running water.