Members of the Sekyere East District Assembly have commended the World Vision International-Ghana (WVI-G) for its continuous support in the provision of potable water and sanitary facilities for rural communities in the District.
Mr Razak Abdul Jibrill, the Assembly Member for Seniagya East, who gave the commendation on behalf of his colleagues at a stakeholders’ meeting at Effiduase, said the enormous contribution WVI-G in improving access to clean, safe drinking water and sanitation facilities in rural communities was much appreciated by the people.
The meeting provided a platform for the Sekyere East Cluster Office of WVI-G and the Assembly members in its 23 operational communities to discuss and develop sustainability plans and measures for the water and toilet facilities constructed for some selected schools and communities in the District.
Mr Jibrill said the water and sanitation facilities recently inaugurated in six communities under the Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH) programme of WVI-G would help the communities have easy access to uninterrupted supply of water and toilet facilities, which had been a challenge over the years.
He said WVI-G had, over the years, supported the people, especially those in rural communities and smaller towns not only in the provision of boreholes, but also in the management, maintenance and protection of clean and safe drinking water supply sources.
He called on community members to cooperate with the school and community WASH management committees to maintain, prolong and sustain the lifespan of the facilities.
Mr Joseph Kwogyenga, the Cluster Manager, said the water facilities recently constructed at a cost of 15,000 dollars each in Bomso, Akuakrom, Seniagya, Odurokrom, Feyiase and Asukokor would serve a total of 13,400 people.
He said the projects were done in collaboration with the District Assembly to help provide easy access to safe and potable water while improving hygiene in the most deprived rural communities and smaller towns in the District.
Mr Kwogyenga said the toilets and borehole facilities were established in the basic schools to make access to those facilities easier for pupils and teachers.
He said WVI-Ghana was committed to improving the living conditions in rural communities, the well-being of children and their families and also provide them with opportunities that would elevate them from poverty.
Mrs Georgina Harriet Nyamekeh, the WASH Officer of the Cluster, said the intervention aimed at improving hygiene and sanitary conditions in rural communities while providing access to safe drinking water to reduce waterborne diseases, stop open defecation and improve the health status of rural people.