From Michael Boateng
The Sunyani Central Rotary Club has handed over classroom blocks, mechanized boreholes, ICT Centers and micro flush toilet facilities to some schools and communities within the Brong-Ahafo Region, as part of its quest to supplement the efforts of ensuring rapid development.
Rotarian Frank Kofi Owusu Debrah, President of the Sunyani Central Rotary Club, handing over the facilities, said the projects were given to the respective communities and schools, because Rotary International saw it necessary to help solve the problems of sanitation and lack of good drinking water, as well as improving the teaching and learning of ICT in the beneficiary schools.
Aside handing over completed projects to the respective beneficiary schools and communities, Rotarian Debrah led a delegation of Rotarians from the United States of America to inspect on-going projects being executed by the club.
The team from the United States of America was led by Rotarian Walter Hughes, a member of the Rotary Club of Rocky Mount, Virginia, USA, who inspected and commissions projects such as a 10-unit micro flush toilet facility at the Chiraa Model School and a borehole for the Chiraa Senior High School girls’ hostel.
At the Chiraa Senior High School, the team of Rotarians visited the dilapidated toilet facility at the girls’ hostel, which could be described as a death trap for the girls, who had no option, than to use it as such, however, Rotarian Walter Hughes called on the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) to start something for Rotary International to come to their aid.
He urged the school’s administration and the PTA to exhibit a sense of voluntarism for Rotary to support them with some of the micro flush toilet facilities to improve on the sanitation and safety of the girls at the hostel.
The team of Rotarians went to Kobedi also in the Sunyani West District to inspect ongoing projects of 10 different micro flush toilets in the community.
A courtesy call was paid at the Krontihene of Kobedi, Nana Oppong Yeboah, who commended Rotary International for giving the Kobedi community 10 toilet facilities, saying it would help improve the sanitary conditions of the community and the safety of the community members, since there would be no snake bites and outbreaks of diseases from the unhygienic environment due to indiscriminate defecation in and around bushes.
At the Estate Experimental School in the Sunyani Municipality, the Rotarians commissioned a mechanised borehole which was put up with the collaboration of the Sunyani Municipal Assembly, which provided a polytank, and the PTA, with funding from the Rotary club.
An ICT center stocked with 20 pieces of desktop computers was also commissioned at the Estate Experimental School, while an ongoing 10-unit micro flush toilet facility was inspected.
At the Mmeradane Junior High School, another 10-unit micro flush toilet and a mechanised borehole were commissioned, while an ICT centre stocked with 20 desktop computers and a mechanised borehole were also commissioned at the Nyamaa Cluster of Schools.
Rotarian Walter Hughes was very enthused about the partnership among the Sunyani Central Rotary Club, the respective district assemblies and the PTAs, saying, “With this kind of partnership, Ghana can rapidly develop, therefore, it must be sustained.
He said Rotary International expects to see the facilities being put to proper use, for the people to stop open defecation to keep the environment clean, while potable water becomes easily accessible to prevent waterborne diseases.
Rotarian Walter Hughes thanked the households that helped in digging holes for the micro flush toilet facility projects, and indicated that the facility could provide compost for farmers and prevent sewerage from polluting the environment.