A durbar was held in Tanokrom MA Basic Schools in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis to offically handover 2 water-based institutional latrines constructed for the schools. The latrines come with overhead water storage tanks, hand washing sinks and urinals. The latrines are expected to significantly improve sanitation and hygiene practices in the schools. Earlier a multi-stakeholder agreement was signed with the School Authtorities, the Tanokrom Traditional Authority on behalf of the community and Local Manager of Ghana Water Company Limited in the Metropolis to see to the sustainability of the intervention.

Symbolically, the event also marked the handing over of all the 7 completed institutional latrines in Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis and Ahanta West District that were provided with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)  under the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) For Health Project in partnership with the Coca Cola Africa Foundation through their Water and Develepoment Alliance (WADA). This unique partnership was instituted by USAID under their Global Development Alliance.

In pursuance of developing cheap but durable and safe latrines for use in rural and peri-urban areas, Global Coummunities with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), partnered with Duraplast Ghana Limited; a leading producer of plastic products to develop, test and launch a plastic latrine slab named "Digni-Loo".

At a well attended event launch, which combined launching the Digni-Loo with a Social Behaviour Change Communication Materials Package, participants were highly enthused with the products and were optimistic the latrine slab and SBCC materials will be invaluable to the WASH sector.

hstileWork is fast progressing on the 7 hygiene stations being constructed and rehabilitated in partnership with Unilever Ghana Foundation for selected schools in the Tema Metropolis. The hygiene stations are expected to provide pupils with convenient and safe sanitation as well as allow them to practice good personal hygiene. Each hygiene station comes with 4 cubicles and handwashing sinks.

The schools getting the facilities are the Manhean Presbyterian Basic School, Community 1 Presbyterian Basic School, Padmore Street Basic School, Community 7 Pre-School, Community 7 Junior High School, Community 11 Complex (A, B & Kindergarten Schools) and Klagon TMA Basic School.


International Women’s Day is a chance to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative for Employment (YIEDIE) is proud to #BeBoldforChange by promoting women’s involvement in the construction sector. Already, we have trained over 1,000 young women in metal fabrication, tiling, survey technical assistance, machine operations, painting, fiberglass and aluminum fabrication, electrical work, Plaster of Paris design, plumbing, interior décor and entrepreneurship.

By continuing to encourage young women to engage in trade areas that are mostly male dominated, YIEDIE is taking bold action to reinforce women’s equality on International Women’s Day. We believe that women have the same capabilities as men. Now, our tenacious female trainees are showing that indeed they will accomplish the same as men.

The rehabilitated and expanded Kpabia Water System was officially handed over to the community and its leaders  on 22nd September 2016 at a ceremony at Kpabia in the Mion District.The ceremony was attended by high profile personalities including the Director of the Population, Health and Nutrition of USAID/Ghana, USAID/Ghana WASH Advisor, Global Communities Country Director, WASH-UP Project Director, the DCE for Mion District and Heads of Decentralized Departments and Agencies of the District Assembly.

The community durbar was preceded by enskinment of   Akua Kwarteng-Addo, Director, USAID Ghana Health, Population and Nutrition Office and Alberto Wilde, Country Director, Global Communities Ghana by the Chief and Elders of Kpabia with chieftaincy titles; Simniboma and Malgu Naa respectively. The enskinment took place at the Chief’s Palace amidst drumming, dancing and ceremonial musket firing and was done by the community to show appreciation to USAID and Global Communities for the development intervention in the community through the water system rehabilitation.

The community durbar involved dance performances from residents, a poetry recital and speeches from USAID, Global Communities, the District Health Directorate, and the DCE of Mion. The Kpabia Water and Sanitation Management Team was presented with tools to easily and readily undertake maintenance.  

On the part of the water system, it was officially re-opened for use through a sod cutting event at the standpipe provided at the Kpabia Health Centre along with an elevated storage tank. This sod cutting was jointly done by the DCE, the Country Director of Global Communities, Akua Kwarteng-Addo and two representatives of the community


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