Compassion International Child Development Centers GH0754, Ghana (Africa)

$26,489.00: Funded Dec 24, 2017, Completed Fall 2018

Thank you for partnering with Compassion to improve the lives of children at the Anomabo Child Development Center in Ghana. Your generous gift will provide new bathroom facilities and hygiene education that will safeguard the health of thousands of children in the coming years, taking them a crucial step further on their journey out of poverty.

Every day in the developing world, more than 800 children die because they do not have access to adequate sanitation or safe water. Thousands more fall ill, miss school and suffer needlessly. In particular, open defecation and poor handwashing habits put children at risk of waterborne illnesses such as cholera, diarrhea and bacterial meningitis. Providing access to improved sanitation facilities and hygiene education is fundamental to saving children’s lives and releasing them from poverty. Compassion’s WaSH interventions have an immediate and long-lasting impact, making children stronger, healthier and better equipped to succeed in life.

• Globally, 2.3 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities, and nearly 1 billion are forced to defecate in the open.
• 85 percent of Ghanaians lack access to adequate sanitation.
• 16 percent of rural Ghanaians do not have a reliable source of safe drinking water.
• Nearly one in four Ghanaians live below the poverty line.
• 66 is the average life expectancy for Ghanaians.

In Ghana, access to simple and basic sanitation facilities has been a challenge for many households. According to WaterAid, 23 million people don’t have access to improved sanitation in Ghana. As a result, about 4,000 children under five years die annually from poor water and sanitation. Anomabo Child Development Center, located in a fishing community in the central region of Ghana, is no exception. The registered children, workers and volunteers at this center have been forced to resort to unhygienic and unapproved methods when it comes to attending to nature’s call. The existing, dilapidated public toilets are not child-friendly and do not provide separate facilities for boys and girls, putting girls at further risk. As a result, some children are now adopting open defecation. The leadership of the church are concerned that children have picked up this unhealthy habit and know that if left unchecked, this will pollute the environment and could create fertile grounds for the spread of related diseases like cholera.

Also, although these beneficiaries have been taught the importance of proper hand washing after using the toilet and or playing on the field, the current handwashing facility provided is inadequate for the number of children. Moreover, the church is unable to provide a bigger reservoir that can store water for use by all the children during curriculum meeting days. This situation is posing as a threat to the health and safety of the children especially, as well as the workers and volunteers.

To address this urgent and critical need, the church leadership have secured land where an adequate toilet facility can be constructed. When finished, this construction project will provide children and staff members at the center with an eight-seater toilet, two shower rooms, a water tank and four handwashing sinks. Additionally, children and adults will be educated on safe hygiene and sanitation practices. With your help, leadership at the center can execute their strategy for completing this project.

Project milestones include:
• contract a construction team of artisans to complete the work
• purchase necessary materials
• oversee the construction of the facility
• conduct education on sanitation and hygiene
• continued monitoring, evaluation, and reporting


BUDGET SUMMARY                                 US                             LOCAL                            TOTAL
Land Clearing $1,208 $813 $395
Material Costs $17,934 $64 $17,870
Construction and Artisan Labor $6,745 $693 $6,052
Education and Training $2,525 $343 $2,172
Totals $28,402 $1,913 $26,489

Thank you for your prayerful consideration of this request. Your contribution will not only help provide the gift of good health and a healthy future for Ghanaian children in need but will also serve as a tangible and powerful expression of God’s love for them.

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” MATTHEW 25:40, NIV

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