The University of Newcastle, Australia

CARE-P-Bringing Sanitation to the Cured Leper’s Village in Ghana

Monday, 6 April 2020

CARE-P is leading a multi-agency submission through the Australian Direct Aid Program to build a 10 seater communal toilet block in a Recovered Leper’s Village in Ho, Ghana West Africa. Supported through Australian High Commission Ghana and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

CARE-P-Bringing Sanitation to the Cured Leper’s Village
CARE-P-Bringing Sanitation to the Cured Leper’s Village in Ho Ghana West Africa: Supported through Australian High Commission Ghana and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The Village is home to 150 people who have recovered from Leprosy (Hansen’s-Disease). Unfortunately, there are no toilets in the village and there is no government funding to support the management of the village.  Many of the residents have multiple disabilities and are ostracised from main stream society with some residents having no contact with their families for 40 years.

The project aligns to the United Nations Sustainability Goals:

  • Goal. 3 Good Health and Well-Being
  • Goal 6. Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Goal 10. Reduced Inequalities

A research component has been built into the submission that will be facilitated jointly between the University of Newcastle and the University of Health and Allied Sciences providing an excellent opportunity for students to become involved in an international social change/human rights project that will make a real difference to a disadvantaged group of society. The research will measure:

  1. Self-reported feeling of respect, dignity and comfort
  2. Self-reported feeling of improved mental health and reduction in social isolation and  stigma
  3. Improvement in personal hygiene, sanitation and public health
  4. Reduction in health issues related to poor sanitation

UPDATE recorded July 2020:

A 10-seater Toilet project at the Cured Leper’s Village, Godokpe-Ho in the Volta Region of Ghana is completed and opened by His Excellency Andrew Barnes, Australia's High Commission to Ghana and West Africa in June 2020. CARE-P was a lead agency in partnership with the Mental Health and Wellbeing  Foundation of Ghana in securing Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)-Direct Aid Program (DAP) funding construct the 10- seater toilet block. CARE-P remains appreciative of all who support this project and indeed all our projects in different ways.

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