Ghana Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project

Relief International led the implementation of the Ghana Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (GWASH) Project, a four-year initiative funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to improve rural water, sanitation and hygiene in Ghana. The project, which ended in March 2014, engaged more than 160 communities and worked with local actors and community members.

The program ensured access to potable water for more than 60,000 people by creating 300 boreholes, 150 hand-dug wells, two small-town piping systems and eight surface-water kiosks. Nearly 70,000 people were reached through construction of latrines for 4,700 households and more than 100 schools and clinics. Sixty rainwater harvesting systems, most of them in kindergarten, primary and junior high schools, ensure youngsters have access to clean water for handwashing and hygiene.

RI ensures proper management of facilities and corresponding hygiene behavior by working with local educational, community, organization and government leaders. Promoting healthier hygiene habits, coupled with the provision of necessary physical facilities, is a holistic strategy toward achieving community health. It’s the RI Way.