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29 Nov
By: talda 1

CRS supports Talensi District to end open defecation

The Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has supported 74 communities in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region to attain Open Defecation-Free status.

They have also called on other communities to emulate the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) to end the menace of open defecation in the region.

Head of programming at the Catholic Relief Services, Madam Carolyn Edlebect disclosed that 5.7 million Ghanaians were practising open defecation; a situation she bemoaned could have dire consequences on the country and the need to work assiduously to change the narrative.

‘’This year alone, CRS through close collaboration with the Talensi and West Mamprusi districts have facilitated a total of 106 communities to attain their ODF status with 74 communities in the Talensi District and 32 communities in the West Mamprusi District,” she said.

She said the CLTS initiative was aimed that ‘’leaving no one behind’’ in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 6 by 2030.

The three-year integrated Community Water, Sanitation and Hygiene improvement project (COWASH) and the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) projects seek to improve the health and wellbeing of 152,300 school children and adults in the two districts.

Madam Carolyn Edlebect said the initiative is also geared towards hygiene promotion and behavior change communication strategies on handwashing, safe water storage, food hygiene, and menstrual hygiene management.

She added that the project has enhanced and improved access to water and sanitation in the communities of both districts.

She stated: “The project will also construct 173 new gender-sensitive and disability-friendly latrines, and renovate 68 existing latrines, in 148 schools and 31 health care facilities to ensure that children have access to improved WASH facilities at schools and that health care seekers also have access to ready water to improved WASH services. 85 boreholes with hand pumps are being provided to communities, schools and health facilities in the two districts.”

The ODF initiative is funded by the Helmsley Charitable Trust with a US$6.4 million project being implemented by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in conjunction with the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

The Talensi District Chief Executive, Christopher Boatbil commended CRS for their efforts in getting the beneficiary communities to being open defecation-free, adding that the government was also on course to ending the menace of open defecation in the district.

He said the assembly has constructed six 10-seater water closet facilities in the district as part of efforts to ending the menace.

“We have constructed 10-seater at the Tongo market, 5-seater toilets at Buugu and Gorogo primary schools and through the community water and sanitation agency, has provided toilet facilities for eight communities within the district to improve sanitation and hygiene situation in the district,” he noted.

Source: Frederick Awuni/citinewsroom.com/Ghana

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26 Nov
By: talda 0

Talensi District Assembly makes second disbursement of Disability Fund

The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Talensi in the Upper East Region, Dr. Christopher Sormiteyema Boatbil has vowed to protect funds belonging to Persons with Disability (PWD’s) in his district.

Dr. Boatbil made the pronouncement in town’s district assembly hall on Friday, during the disbursements of Sixty three Thousand, Four hundred and seventy five Ghana cedis (Ghc 63,475.00) to 57 persons with from across the Talensi district.

In a speech to beneficiaries and leaders of persons with disability present at the disbursement programme, Dr. Boatbil stressed that there will be no room for able persons to take advantage of those with disability, a move which will go against the fund’s objective of  improving the livelihood of persons with disability.

Let me emphasize here, that any able person or persons who want to take undue advantage to benefit from the disabled fund will not go unpunished. We as an assembly, this time round, will also through your executive take key interest in ensuring that the money we are to distribute to you today and in the future is appropriately utilized.

He further indicated, the care the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and President Akuffo Addo have for persons with disability is the reason for the increased in percentage of the fund from 2 to 3 percent in 2017.

He admonished beneficiaries to use the fund in a better venture.

Meanwhile, the Talensi district President for Persons With Disability, Na-Oni Solomon Baziembil expressed his excitement with some of the new developments seen in PWD’s common fund in recent times.

According Solomon, politicians and their colleagues have taken advantage of them in the past years. He prayed it does not happen with the opening of a separate account specifically for the PWD fund.

He advised his colleague beneficiaries not to spend their monies on pito or engage in some other useless ventures. He advised that monies should be used for profitable businesses which will bring the needed change for a better life.

Mr. David Ania, Regional president of the Ghana Federation of the Disability (GFD) who was present to witness the disbursement, also added his words of advice to beneficiaries.

Use the money according to the purpose in which you asked the money for, if you take the money today and next week and the committee come to you and you told them you use it for your child sickness or medication, that one is not our business, we will not take it. The agreement we are having with you today, is that you want to set up a business and we want to come and see that business in your house or where ever the location is, because we will not entertain excuses and when you misused the fund, we will have no other option than to report you to the police.

He warned that any beneficiary who misuses the assistance will not have the opportunity of benefiting from it till infinity.

Ngamegbulam Chidozie Stephen|A1radioonline.com|Ghana

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