The Australian High Commissioner to Ghana, H.E. Gregory Andrews, commissioned a seven-seater toilet facility for the Anani Memorial School at Nima in Accra. The new toilet facility, which is complemented by a water tank, hand washing stations and waste bins, will help improve hygiene conditions at the school. Australia Aid also upgraded the physical structure of schools’ classroom facility by providing partitioning and rehabilitating the roofing of the primary school block and library at a cost of AUD35,000 (GHS155,000).

The project was funded by Australian Aid and implemented by Professional Network Association (ProNet), a charitable NGO. High Commissioner Gregory Andrews said Australia was committed to improving sanitation and health conditions for people living in vulnerable situations in Ghana and across West Africa. The project has provided access to potable water and sanitation for students and teachers at Anani Memorial School, which enhance the conditions of learning at the school.

”These outcomes are the difference that access to water, sanitation and hygiene facilities can provide, and that is what Australia’s Direct Aid Programme is all about… “Hand washing facilities are more important than ever due to the COVID -19 pandemic and we are pleased that these facilities will help improve hand-washing practices and minimize the spread of the disease.”

H.E. Gregory Andrews | Australian High Commissioner to Ghana

Mr. Emmanuel Adisenu, Programmes Coordinator at ProNet, said the charitable NGO, was interested in ensuring the provision of potable water and sanitation and was happy to have have implemented the project. “Our aim is to have a sustainable positive impact on communities in the area of health, gender and livelihoods, decentralization, inclusion, girls’ education, climate, energy and food,” Mr. Adisenu added. Principal of Anani Memorial School Mr. Kofi Anani commended Australia Aid and High Commissioner Andrews for the immense contribution to the development of school and appealed for more support.

The Anani Memorial School is a small school of about 185 students in Nima, a slum community in Accra. The school operates an orphanage facility that has been serving children from Nima in Accra and its surrounding for the past 36 years. In 2019, Teresa Barnes and her colleague Australian volunteer taught music lessons at the school where they became aware of the infrastructure needs of the school and requested for support.