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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.

USAID WA-WASH scholarship students undertake internships, research in WASH fields

Since 2013, the USAID WA-WASH Program has granted scholarships to students pursuing Master’s degrees at local universities in fields related to Program areas of intervention including water and sanitation, climate change and food security. Implemented by Florida International University (FIU), the scholarship program has benefited 30 students from Burkina Faso, Niger and Ghana for the 2013-2014 academic year. In September 2014, 42 new scholarships were granted in Burkina Faso and Ghana for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Women gain access to land for farming

Dagne is a small farming community in the Lawra district of the Upper West region of Ghana, with a population of over 1,600 people. A gender analysis conducted by USAID WA-WASH in Dagne revealed that women’s access to land for farming was a major problem in the community. Accordingly, the Program worked to educate and sensitize 10 rural communities including Dagne on the importance of and the need for women to have land to farm. The activity utilized various strategies including drama clubs, community meetings and engagement with male gender champions and traditional leaders.

The chief of Ketuo expands community led total sanitation (CLTS) in his community

Ketuo is a small village in the Nandom district in the Upper West Region of Ghana, with a population of 800 people. Due to open defecation, diarrheal diseases such as cholera are common in this community, as in other communities in the Upper West region. John Naa Yangyuoru , the chief of Ketuo, had long been doing everything in his power to ensure that every household in his community had a latrine, but to no avail.

The women of Tabier mobilize funds to repair the community borehole

Tabier is a small community in the Lawra District of northern Ghana with a population of about 356 people. The village is a typical farming community and its people are always ready to respond to positive change. Tabier was selected by USAID WA-WASH in collaboration with the District Assembly of Lawra to benefit from a variety of Program interventions in the domains of water, sanitation, hygiene, food security, climate change adaptation and gender.

USAID WA-WASH integrates WASH and food security

At 60 years old, Mrs. Pauline Kangoro is leading a movement in her village. Pauline heads a women group of 30 moringa producers and together they are raising moringa frenzy in their village of Koukouldi in the Centre West region of Burkina Faso. In 2013, USAID WA-WASH through Winrock International identified the married mother of four as a leader in her community for the production of moringa and sent her for training at the ICRISAT center in Niger along with a group of nine lead gardeners.

Good water service monitoring reduces breakdown time in Gorgadji (Burkina Faso).

As part of the decentralization of governance in Burkina Faso, responsibility for safe water provision, access to sanitation and WASH service management were transferred from the national government to the municipalities. In this context, the municipality of Gorgadji, with the support of the regional water and sanitation directorate (DREAHA, in French) and USAID WA-WASH implementing partner IRC, is putting in place a monitoring framework for water service management with support of water users’ associations (WUAs) to provide sustainable services to local communities.

The commune of Gorgadji improves water fee collection through monitoring

In Burkina Faso, user responsibility for and participation in water service management is a fundamental principle of the national rural water supply policy. Users pay contributions to water users’ committees to ensure water service sustainability. The water users’ committees’ tasks include paying for preventive maintenance of the facilities and repairing water points after breakdowns. In principle, each water users’ committee pays 10,000 FCFA (around $20) per year to the commune for each borehole it manages.

Families invest in water solutions in Seyou (Burkina Faso).

Ten years ago, as chief of a five-family compound made up of 53 people, Mr. Tini Tiasso invested in a traditional hand dug well in the middle of his compound to alleviate the burden of collecting water on the women and children in his extended family. However, this hand dug well dried up for four months each year, from March to June, and therefore did not meet his family’s needs. Mr. Tiasso’s family had to walk 300 meters several times a day to fetch water at the community borehole.

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