Baby Yelfaabasoglo vividly remembers the day three years ago when her children were chased from school because their school fees weren’t paid. It nearly broke her heart. She simply couldn’t afford the cost.
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 & Hygiene (WA-WASH) program, implemented by CARE.
It’s another hot and humid August morning in Ghana’s Upper West region.
Change is taking place in the Upper West region of Ghana.
The deadline for the world to meet its Millennium Development Goals is just months away, yet in Ghana, while the country is on track to meet its 77 percent safe water source goal it is coming up short for reaching 53.5 percent improved sanitation access.
Even before the conflict started, collecting water was a risky business. Most water points in the area consist of little more than open wells and it was not uncommon that women or children would fall down them while trying to collect water, injuring themselves, or even worse, dying.
With ambitions to create change at a national level for the benefit of Kenya’s schoolchildren, the SWASH+ project has focused on research and advocacy on the benefits of school WASH, and later, on solutions to keeping these services in place.
“We will not run away and give up on our country. We will survive this war, and help bring change to Yemen.”