The best gifts we can bring to Ashanti villages are clean water, latrines and training in health and hygiene.
We believe these three are of equal importance and together can bring huge improvements to the quality of people’s lives.
We invite every individual, every family, every company or group of friends to help by sponsoring an Ashanti village.
By this, we mean funding the materials and skilled labour to enable each household to build a latrine, while training the community in health and hygiene. We also strengthen their governing bodies to the point where they are able to maintain the improvements. Water provision is equally important but can be complex and is not included at this point.
Here’s how it’s done.
Come with us to Ghana and choose a village that fits your budget – or we’ll find one for you. Prices start at around £1,000. There’s a list of villages we’ve already costed below, but many many more are waiting for sponsors.
We’ll use your money to buy materials like cement and wood and to hire skilled craftsmen to teach the villagers to build their own latrines. These are based on WaterAid designs, consisting of a 14-foot deep latrine pit with a wooden superstructure.
The work may take several months, with breaks for the two rainy seasons and planting and harvest. Meanwhile, we will train the villagers in health and hygiene and strengthen their governing bodies. At some point, we will send you a short report with more information about the community. We will also send you brief reports and photographs throughout.
At the end of the work, the whole community will be much much healthier, and infant deaths and constant diarrhoea will be rare. We will send you a final report (See an example project report from Dagati) and accounts, showing where every penny of your money has gone. We will also check up on the work regularly for at least five years, and less regularly thereafter.
Latrines become many people’s most treasured possessions. They paint them, keep them padlocked and sometimes make a mosaic of pebbles on the floor. They will probably last a lot longer than the owner’s life.
Villages Looking For Sponsors
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