Project information

Washing Hands Saves Lives

In Ghana, diarrhoea accounts for 25% of all deaths in children under five. Hand washing is the most cost effective way to prevent kids dying unnecessarily. We want to build toilets and teach African kids to wash their hands, this is proven to be the best way to reduce unnecessarily deaths.

4 years

Charity information: Village by Village

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  • Need

    Need

    Diarrhoeal disease remains one of the world's biggest killers, with UNICEF estimating it kills a child every 30 seconds. In Ghana, diarrhoea accounts for 25 percent of all deaths in children under five and is among the top three reported causes of deaths.

    Having spent 6 years supporting communities in poverty we have found the biggest impact in saving the lives of children and reducing pain and suffering amongst families does not simply come from providing the toilets and wells.

    Solution

    During 2012-16 we will target 5,600 children, aged 6-13 with the facilities, resources and education to ingrain the washing of hands following toilet use. Children are strategically being targeted to provide the greatest impact as not only do they suffer disproportionally from diarrhoeal diseases, it has been proven that once children change their behaviour, 80 percent are then likely to pass their learning to their own children.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Reducing unnecessarily deaths in the most vulnerable children in villages in poverty in rural Ghana

    Activities

    » Provide sanitation facilities whilst also addressing behavioural change in order to support a life-time impact.

    By 2016 we expect to have provided fifteen schools in rural Ghanaian villages with toilet blocks and improve sanitation, taught 5,200 children the importance of hand washing.


  • Impact

    Impact

    These outcomes will result in a reduction in death and illness as well as a reduction of the number of school days missed by children who would otherwise be away ill, therefore, supporting an increased quality of life.

    It has been proven that once children change their behaviour, 80 percent are then likely to pass their learning to their own children.

    Risk

    There is a risk that we can not get the children to change their behaviour but with us following the tried and tested methods of community behaviour change we have a very good chance of it working as it has done so before in developing countries.

    Reporting

    We produce, annual and quarterly reports for our trustees and more regular updates via facebook and twitter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £187,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £187,500 12500 x Per School Including Toilet Block & Water HArvesting

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Foundations £25 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Schools near the village of Gboloo Kofi, Eastern Region Ghana , West Africa

    Beneficiaries

    During 2012-16 we will target 5,600 children in remote rural villages , aged 6-13 with the facilities, resources and education to ingrain the washing of hands following toilet use. Children are strategically being targeted to provide the greatest impact as not only do they suffer disproportionally from diarrhoeal diseases, it has been proven that once children change their behaviour,

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our original aim to reach 100 villages by 2016 with sanitation, clean drinking water and education for children was reached in 2011. We were able to exceed our original aim due to the effectiveness of the partnership working with community members in the villages in Ghana.

    Through our work we have supported 30,00 people in 100 villages to reduce poverty and to improve their self-sustainability, health and life chances since 2006.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Neil Kerfoot - Founder Of Village By Village

    Direction of the charity and overall running of the projects. He has a Masters in Charity management and NGO management from CASS Business School.

    Ebenezer Gyampoh - Project Manager In Ghana

    He is a full time Head master of a local village school and in his spare time runs the team of builders to make our projects happen.

    Brother Peter - Head Of Building Projects In Ghana

    A very well respected building in his and the surrounded villages. A church Elder and a father of five.

£50

10 bags of cement, enough for one toilet block