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Upper East: World Vision Ghana provides WASH support to asylum seekers

October 27, 2023
Upper East: World Vision Ghana provides WASH support to asylum seekers

Tarikom, , a Christian humanitarian organization, is extending vital Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene () infrastructure and services to asylum seekers in Tarikom, West District of the Upper East Region.

These asylum seekers were displaced by suspected terrorist attacks in earlier this year.

In collaboration with the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and other partners, World Vision Ghana has been diligently working to provide WASH facilities at both the Reception and Settlement centres for asylum seekers.

At the Reception centre, World Vision Ghana has constructed 39 washrooms with accompanying water-closet toilet facilities, bathrooms, and a 10,000-liter solar-powered mechanized water system.

In the settlement, which is still under development, a 10,000-liter water system and 29 washrooms have been completed. Construction of additional facilities is ongoing.

Ms Laura Cristina Delvalle, the National Director of World Vision Ghana, led a delegation to visit the asylum seekers at Tarikom to assess the progress of their work. Over 4,000 people were compelled to flee to Ghana due to multiple suspected terrorist attacks on border communities in Burkina Faso earlier this year.

Mr Joshua Baidoo, Strategy and Integrated Programme Director for World Vision Ghana emphasized the importance of their WASH initiatives in providing clean water and sanitation to remote and hard-to-reach areas. He noted that it is a priority area for the organization, especially when it comes to ensuring that children and mothers have access to clean drinking water and sanitation.

“We are particular about the children, and we are happy to be able to provide these facilities so that children and mothers will be able to have good drinking water and other purposes,” Mr Baidoo said.

The delegation also donated boots, books, and playing materials such as toys and footballs to the Tarikom Primary School to support the education of the students. World Vision Ghana has provided an eight-seater toilet facility to the school, which will improve sanitation for the students.

The Headmistress of Tarikom Primary School, Ms. Ruphina Zenabu Alambila, expressed gratitude to World Vision Ghana for their support, especially for the many students who had to walk to school barefoot. She also highlighted the school's lack of access to water and appealed for assistance.

The humanitarian response led by the UNHCR has provided shelter and other basic facilities for asylum seekers, with the goal of ensuring their well-being and safety.

World Vision Ghana's contribution in the form of WASH facilities is an essential part of this comprehensive humanitarian effort, emphasizing the importance of clean water and sanitation in supporting these displaced communities.

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