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Building local knowledge to address Ghana's sanitation problems.

The year 2015 is the deadline for the world to meet its Millennium Development Goals, yet Ghana has not achieved the improved sanitation access of 53.5%.  The impediments to reaching this goal are more social than physical.  Some countries across the West Africa region are continuing to subsidize latrine construction to quickly to expand their sanitation coverage.  However, this strategy did not work in Ghana as mentionned by Issifu Adama, the CARE project manager for the USAID WA-WASH Program: “You cannot just go in and build a few million latrines.  People

Communities access to potable water through low cost technologies.

Despite the concerted efforts and diverse contributions of NGOs and other development partners, access to potable water remains a challenge in Burkina Faso.  The problem is especially acute in rural areas where access to safe drinking water is very low.  The USAID WA-WASH Program introduced affordable safe drinking water solutions for improved livelihoods across 21 communities in Burkina Faso.

Marking the end to open defecation.

It was a day to celebrate big change in Nandom, a town in Ghana’s Upper West region, and mark a concluding milestone for a successful USAID-funded West Africa Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (USAID WA-WASH) Program.  Twenty-four communities were certified as open defecation free  (ODF) on August 20, 2015 (see Photo 1).

The BAC technology reduces the burden of dry season gardening.

Despite the concerted efforts and diverse contributions of NGOs and other development partners to enhance food security and sustainable livelihood, poverty and hunger still remain priority issues to be resolved in Upper West Region of Ghana.  The problem is the acute shortage of water and the local way of gardening in rural areas where access to both drinking water and productive water remains very low.  The USAID WA-WASH program contributed to the provision of drinking and productive water to more than 8,000 people in the rural communities in Lawra and Nandom D

Breaking out of traditional gender roles.

Change is taking place in the Upper West region of Ghana.  Just three years since the USAID West Africa Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (USAID WA-WASH) Program began, target communities now have a local clean water source, each household has built its own latrine, and families have saved money to invest in improving their crop production and also to pay for water maintenance, school fees and health insurance.  More importantly, men and women have done it together, something that once seemed unlikely in a place where common marriage negotiations ensure a wif

Building demand for sanitation marketing.

People say they did not even know about toilets until two years ago, when USAID began sanitation activities as part of the USAID West Africa Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (USAID WA-WASH) Program in 22 communities of the Upper West region in Ghana.  While Ghana at large has been struggling to meet its millennium development goal on sanitation, there are now successes in the USAID WA-WASH intervention villages.  Every household has a pit latrine and the motivation of the community members to never again defecate in the open (see Photo 1).

The Old Men and the Well: A son’s dream made possible by the American People.

Once upon a time in sub-Saharan Africa, the village of Oueglega in the municipality of Tanghin Dassouri in the central region of Burkina Faso, had only two traditional wells.  In the village lived few people in five concessions (family compounds).  The people of the village do not have much but they seem very happy and cheerful.  When you approach them, a smile on their face, so content with the little they have.

CLTS spreads organically in northern Ghana

Naa Sylvester Yelviel is the chief of Kamba Tanzu, a rural community in the Nandom district of the Upper West Region of Ghana. Kamba Tanzu has a population of 270 people. The community was certified open decation free (ODF) following triggering for community led total sanitation (CLTS) by the USAID WA-WASH Program. Chief Yelviel was very instrumental in sensitizing his community to achieving the ODF status.

Five USAID WA-WASH scholarship recipients graduate from AGRHYMET Regional Center

Since 2013, the USAID WA-WASH Program has administered a scholarship program to support graduate students in fields related to WASH, food security, and adaptation to climate change.  In total, 60 students from five partnering academic institutions in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Niger were awarded scholarships.  Five of these students were selected to pursue a highly selective Master’s program at the AGRHYMET Regional Center in Niamey, Niger.  After 12 months of study and research, these five students graduated with Master’s degrees in climate change and sustainable development. Mrs.

The village of Keri, an emerging oasis in the Sahel region of Burkina Faso

Moussoua, Tiena, and Keri are three villages that benefited from the USAID WA-WASH intervention in the rural commune of Tankougounadje in the Sahel region of Burkina Faso.  Like most villages in the region, access to water in the village of Keri (pop. 1992) is very limited. That is why the USAID WA-WASH Program, in cooperation with RAIN and the Volunteers for the Development of Sahel (VDS) Association, helped these communities to apply the 3R (retention, recharge and reuse) approach. This approach is based on water resources management at the sub-watershed scale.

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