Ghana - Drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene training

School children fetching water

Despite an increase in development cooperation efforts around the world linked to the Millennium Development Goals and some successes in recent years, over 660 million people around the world still do not have access to clean drinking water. And more than 2.4 billion people do not have access to improved sanitation.

Knorr-Bremse Global Care has therefore been focusing since 2013 on WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) projects, particularly in Asia and Africa. Because of its economic stability and democratic development, Ghana is seen as a model African state. Despite the progress though, there are still many people – particularly in rural areas – who fetch their water from natural sources and have to accept both the health risks and the social consequences: It is often women and children who are responsible for the laborious work of fetching water and it is not uncommon for children to miss school as a result, and for women not to have enough time to earn an income.

In Krachi East, a district in the northwest Volta Region, more than 120,000 people live from subsistence farming in small village communities. World Vision, an aid organization, has been working closely with the local communities, traditional political leaders, and committees in the area since 2004 as part of a regional development program. Knorr-Bremse Global Care helped World Vision finance the construction of 20 additional boreholes for drinking water, five primary school bathrooms suitable for the disabled, and 20 facilities for washing clothes next to the new boreholes. It also paid for hygiene training for school children, where the children learn in fun ways about the need to wash their hands and pass on their knowledge to other children, e.g. through drama sketches.

In addition to all the construction activities, the villagers are taught to carry out simple repairs themselves. In order to finance repairs over the long term, each community has also set up its own water committee that collects user fees and manages the money to pay for maintenance and future upgrades. This means that the entire village community is in a position to manage its own drinking water access in the long run.



Ghana - WASH

Main Focus:

Krachi East Region, Ghana

Beneficiaries: 18,450

Estimated Costs:
EUR 170,000,

Global Care Project Supervisor:
Julia Thiele-Schürhoff

Partner Organization:
World Vision Germany and World Vision Ghana

October 2013 - October 2015

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School children fetching water