What a latrine can mean in Ghana

As an old woman who cannot see, it has always been a problem to find a suitable place for defecation. I was so very happy when I heard about some good people coming to support and enable us construct latrines. With the help of my family and some good community members, I have been able to construct my own latrine which I am now proud of.

hirteen communities in rural Ghana are working with Water.org and Afram Plains Development Organisation (APDO) on a project to bring clean water and sanitation to 2,902 people. Progress to date includes construction of 15 biosand filters, rehabilitation of five boreholes, drilling of seven new borehole wells, and construction of forty latrines.

Also as part of these holistic programs, 3,022 adults and children received training on effective hand-washing and environmental cleanliness. Three schools formed health clubs, with a membership of 109 students, to facilitate hygiene and sanitation activities among students and community members.

The project also provided Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) in three communities. CLTS is a series of activities around raising awareness of open defecation. The exercise empowers community members to build their own toilets out of locally available materials.

One of the women benefiting from Water.org and APDO’s program is Madam Ama Ataa, a 74-year-old blind woman from Chamba Akuraa, Ghana. Ama talks about the benefits she will get from the new latrines in her community:

"I have been living in this community for several years with my family. As an old woman who cannot see, it has always been a problem to find a suitable place for defecation. I was so very happy when I heard about some good people coming to support and enable us construct latrines. With the help of my family and some good community members, I have been able to construct my own latrine which I am now proud of. I only have a little work left to complete so that I can finally use it. The one have been using for years is open and not clean at all because the birds go there with us. I can’t just wait for the day when the new latrine will be ready for me to use. I thank you for the support!"

Capital city: Accra
Population of 24 million
7 million rural lack water
2.5 million urban lack water
22 million have no sanitation services
5% infant mortality
29% live in poverty

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