Improving access to water in Ghana

Ako Odotei greets Rotarians from the U.S. during the West African Project Fair in Accra.

Ako Odotei, chair of the Ghana Host Committee of the RI-USAID collaboration, greets Rotarians from the U.S. during the West African Project Fair in Accra.

By Theophilus Mensah

In early October, Rotary Foundation Chair Paul Netzel was on hand to open the West Africa Project Fair in Accra, Ghana, where Rotary and USAID are partnering to improve sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene in six regions of the country.

The project fair, as the name suggests, involves Rotary clubs across the West Africa sub-region, and is in its 12th year. It serves as an excellent forum for local clubs to show off their projects and establish partnerships with international clubs to secure the financial and technical support needed to implement projects in the region.

The Ghana Host Committee of the H2O Collaboration decided it would be good to have a booth at the fair, to showcase this unique public-private partnership, build awareness, and seek the support of new technical advisers and financial donors. As project manager of the committee, I assisted Ako Odotei, the committee chair, in setting up our booth and providing information. We were located near a staircase, which turned out to be a very strategic location.

We welcomed members from the Rotary clubs of Accra, Accra Legon, Accra Dansoman, Sunyani Central, Tema, and Accra RRC, many of whom expressed support for our efforts. Frank Owusu Debrah, past president of Sunyani Central, noted how important it is to help Rotarians gain a clearer understanding of the project. He believes it will dispel any negative perceptions and motivate more members to give toward meeting the $200,000 Rotary has agreed to raise in each country.

Rotarians in Nigeria and Niger were also excited about the water and sanitation improvements, and expressed interest in developing a similar WASH program in their home country.

All in all, I was very pleased with the results of the fair, which was well organized and well attended. We were able to provide valuable visibility to the collaboration.

Learn more about the Rotary-USAID International H2O Collaboration

5 thoughts on “Improving access to water in Ghana

  1. Access to clean water and hygienic sanitation is critical in both urban and rural Ghana and this project collaboration is timely and a valuable opportunity for your Rotary to place its signature on the issue. Rotary Club of Sunyani Central is overseeing implementation in allocated communities in the southern ends of the Northern Region. It is important for the National Committee to strengthen communication with implementing clubs and also engage in intense engagement with Rotarians to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of the project. Good work done so far but more room for great results.


  2. I am from Monroe County South Rotary in Rochester, NY, USA. Pictured here is my roommate Alka. We enjoyed warm welcomes and made many memories during our trip. So proud to be a part of the Rotary Family. Great projects, great things being done by GREAT PEOPLE!


    • I was so refreshing meeting you at the fair. I trust you had good projects that you picked up to work on. Warm greetings


  3. Pingback: Improving access to water in Ghana | The Rotary Club of Carteret

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