©AfreePress-Started in November 2018, the ‘’Access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project (AWASH-PRO) led by the NGO “Compassion International Togo” is coming to end. This is a positive assessment with « 20 solar boreholes and sanitary facilities built » in Haho prefecture.
These infrastructures were received by the beneficiaries, but on Friday, November 12, 2021 during a closing ceremony of this project helds in Notsè (about 100 km north of Lomé), in the presence of many traditional and administrative personalities from the area, including the prefect of Haho , Tchangani Awo.
On this occasion, « Compassion International Togo » and its partners, took stock of the implementation of the project and its impacts on the target populations.
“The goal pursued through AWASH-PRO is to contribute to improving the health and physical development of children and households registered in the holistic development program of partner churches. This involved providing access to drinking water to 4,587 child beneficiaries and community members and reducing the prevalence of WaSH-related diseases from 60% to 30% among beneficiaries enrolled in the program: Completely eliminate open defecation in communities of residence of beneficiaries and their families. To do this, the project was broken down into three main components which are, the construction of solar boreholes, the construction of latrines and the implementation of the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach in the 21 communities of ‘intervention. Today, after the three years, we can say that the objectives have been achieved with a satisfactory record, « said the AfreePress news agency, the National Director of Compassion International Togo, Olivier Ahonon.
As results, »AWASH-PRO » allowed to achieve the construction of 20 solar boreholes with scaffold of 5 meters in height on which is placed a polytank of 5,000 liters, the construction of 21 wash-hand basins with 8 taps, of 21 blocks of latrines with 6 cabins and 400 individual latrines in the vulnerable communities targeted in HAHO prefecture. For the beneficiaries, it is the end of the long years of ordeals linked to the problem of lack of drinking water.
“Before, our populations suffered cruelly from the problem of drinking water. These are our children and their mothers who walked very long distances before finding water. But this water is also not drinkable at all. It is the water of rivers and streams, which contain microbes of all kinds. Animals also come to drink in these same streams, leaving their scum in the water. It was appalling and it exposed our communities, especially our children, to disease. Now all of this is a thing of the past. We have, thanks to Compassion international Togo, sufficient drinking water. This is the page of a sad story that is turned. Praise be to God, ”said Komi ANIKA, representative of the beneficiary communities.
The AWASH project cost three hundred and ninety-five million two hundred and seventy-nine thousand and forty-one (395,279,041) F CFA and alone, the NGO Compassion International funded a large part estimated at three hundred and thirty-four million eight hundred thousand (334,800,000) F CFA. The rest of the budget was mobilized by the beneficiary communities themselves. This partnership approach is greatly appreciated by local and administrative authorities who say they have learned from it to advance other projects.
Established in Togo since 2008, “Compassion International Togo” is a Christian NGO whose goal is to plead the cause of children, to defend their rights and to free them from physical, social, economic and spiritual poverty. To date, it has 294 partner churches with over 72,000 children and young people benefiting from the Child and Youth Development Centers (CDE) in the Maritime, Plateau, Kara and Savanah regions.