COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENTCOMMISSIONING OF LIMITED MECHNIZED WATER SYSTEMS

August 2, 2023

As a leading volunteer based humanitarian organisation in Ghana and also an auxiliary to government, the Ghana Red Cross Society continuous to  compliment the government’s efforts in the areas of social interventions ( eg distrubtion of food packs, emergency Response, Health education, social mobilization, risk communication, media sensitisation, community engagement and Water Sanitation and Hygiene Project(Ghana-WASH) in communities.

The Ghana Sustainable Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project (Ghana-WASH) as part of the Global Water and Sanitation Initiative (GWSI) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Nestlé’s Creating Shared Value programme, recognizes the importance of fostering favourable environment for rural communities with a special focus on helping communities, increase productivity, protect the environment and gain sustainable development through improved water, sanitation and hygiene services. This project is being implemented by Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) with continued technical support, quality assurance and coordination by IFRC at country, regional and global levels.

This project is a result of five years partnership agreement between NESTLE and IFRC covering the period from 1st October 2014 to support Water and Sanitation activities in Ivory Coast and Ghana and the publication of the IFRC annual Global Disaster Report. During the period under review, Ghana project reached 100,658 people with access to safe water,4581 Access to Sanitation, 186,255 people reached with health and hygiene education activities.

In 2019, the Ghana water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) project was expected to serve 64 (50 in phase I, and 14 in phase II) cocoa producing communities in rural and semi urban areas of Eastern and Ashanti regions, with increased access to water and sanitation, behavioural change towards prevention of WASH related diseases and improved capacity in management and delivery of sustainable WASH services. 

Ghana Red Cross Society was able to achieve the following targets during the first peroid of the project. 57,000 beneficiaries were projected to have access to water supply, out of which 34,645 beneficiary were recahed, this represents 53%.  Water system set up was projected for 12 communities  out of which 4 were completed, representing 33% . Poeple reached with health and hygiene promotion projected at 60,000 out of which 53,823 were reached representing 89.7% and also vulnerable households having access to improved sanitation facilities was projected for 16,600 and out of which 5,124 were receahed representing 30.8% in the Phase I of the project whcih ended in 2020 last year.

This 2022, the focus is groundwater, an invisible resource with an impact visible everywhere. Groundwater is water found underground in aquifers, which are geological formations of rocks, sands and gravels that hold substantial quantities of water. Groundwater feeds springs, rivers, lakes and wetlands, and seeps into oceans. Groundwater is recharged mainly from rain and snowfall infiltrating the ground. Groundwater can be extracted to the surface by pumps and wells.

Global Situation in Numbers

World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people ( 30% of the world population)  lack safe water at home . 1.98 billion people globally do not have basic water services at their health care facility. 1.7 million women in least developed countries guve birh in healthcare facilties with inadeqaute water sanitation, ans hygiene every year,  It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis. A core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.

As we celebrate World Water Day under the theme for this year, ‘Ground water- making the invisble visible there is the need to raise the awareness of the vital role water plyas in strengthining human security and maintain the health of the planet’s ecosystems. Access to safe and reliable water and sanitation underpining the well-being, household assets, and livelihoods of communities the world over. 

Life would not be possible without groundwater. Most arid areas of the world depend entirely on groundwater. Groundwater supplies a large proportion of the water we use for drinking, sanitation, food production and industrial processes.

It is also critically important to the healthy functioning of ecosystems, such as wetlands and rivers.

Mr. Chairman, recognising the advantages and long-term impact of water provision through mechanised systems as an opportunity for cost-effective expansion of water supply service provision, demand driven by the target population. Ghana Red Cross Society in collaboration with its partners, will established an improved long-term sustainability and strengthening water system provisions with tailored training and mentoring provided by specialists with a more business development approach.

The national society will ensure easy access to water equitably enjoyed by all in project communities, especially for women, children, and people with disability. Ghana WASH phase II shall focus on water point rehabilitation and construction, but expansion and development of mechanised systems equipped with solar power systems and supported through gravity distribution networks. Water quality testing and safety will also be a key outcome as with links to the Nestle cocoa plan and government structures.

Exploring, protecting, and sustainably using groundwater will be central to surviving and adapting to climate change and meeting the needs of a growing population.

Thank you all for coming to grace the occiassion and it my sincere wish  that this great joint effort to serve the vulnerable in communities in Ghana  will countinue to foster more collaboration to acheive the well needed result for mankind.

Once again Thank you.

March  2022

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