World Vision International (WVI) has supported 10 basic schools at Kpikpira, in the Garu-Tempane District of the Upper East Region with hand washing materials to get pupils to appreciate and make handwashing key component of their lifestyle.
As part of its hygiene programme, WVI trained about 3,338 children in behavioral change activities in the area to get all children, especially the most vulnerable to practise improved hygiene in households, communities and institutions.
Mr Seth Frimpong, Partnering Officer at WVI who read a speech on behalf of the Cluster Manager Mr Rexford Bugre, said the ceremony was part of activities to mark this year’s World Toilet Day celebration, adding that the day focused on the importance of proper sanitation and to advocate access to clean and safe toilets for all.
Mr Frimpong said it was on this premise that WVI decided to impact the habit of hand washing into the children by assisting them with materials that would facilitate the practising of the habit.
He mentioned that to improve household sufficiency of safe water for drinking in the district, a project dubbed “the GI-Wash”, successfully completed 18 boreholes and installed four taps limited mechanised systems for communities such as Kpikpira among others.
Mr Frimpong indicated that the up scaling of the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) model in the financial year witnessed the certification of 19 communities achieving open defecation free and 5,569 people having access to improved sanitation for defecation.
He said additionally, about 835 household latrines were constructed by community members themselves and were in use and urged the District Assembly to partner WVI to end child-marriage in the area as that was a major factor hindering the development of girls.
He indicated that ending child-marriage could help the district achieve at least eight of the seventeen sustainable development goals, including health, education, poverty, nutrition and violence free against women and girls among others in the area.
Mr Emmanuel Asore Avoka, District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area pledged government’s support to prioritise sanitation as a national development priority and would harness the eradication of open defecation.
He said the District Assembly had scaled up the implementation of (CLTS) activities and had certified 103 communities open defecation free out of the 450 communities in the district, thereby making the area top the regional CLTS league table.
The DCE called on the Traditional authority, Assembly members, Civil Society Organisations, and NGOs in the district to support in eradicating open defecation in the area in order to prevent the spread of communicable diseases in the communities.
The Day was marked on the theme: “Wastewater; Improve Latrine for every household by 2030”