The Unilever Ghana Foundation renovated 20 hygiene stations in 26 public basic schools in Tema, Ashaiman, Kpone and Sakumono, in Ghana’s Greater Accra Region. Originally built by Unilever Ghana Foundation, the hygiene stations were renovated under the Foundation’s maintenance regime, which ensures that the facilities remain in good condition for use by students. Mr. Andrews Evans Quayson, Chairman of Unilever Ghana Foundation, described the hygiene station as one of the flagship undertakings of the Foundation.
The hygiene stations facilitate improvement of health and basic hygiene conditions in schools within the Tema, Ashaiman, Sakumono and Kpone communities, Mr. Quayson added. He commended Global Communities, an charitable NGO for working in partnership with Unilever Ghana Foundation to build the hygiene stations since 2016. Global Communities supported the Foundation with resources and expertise and set up a sustainable governing structure to encourage behavior change, Mr. Quayson added.
Mr. Quayson announced that the Unilever Ghana Foundation was folding up its operations after 20 years in operation. The closure of the foundation’s work will bring it in line with the strategy of Unilever to centralize the operation of its foundational works across the globe through the Unilever Global Foundation.
Mr. Alberto Wilde, Country Director of Global Communities in Ghana described it as rewarding the outcome that many children were now benefiting from the hygiene stations, which were initiated as a six-project pilot in the first phase. Global Communities trained teachers in the management of the facility and the deployment of a facility management plan, Mr. Wilde said. Environment and health clubs were also formed in schools to instill in students good hygiene habits that last a lifetime, he added. Mr. Wilde urged schools to observe international days such as World Toilet Day and Hand-washing Days to remind students and the public on the need to observe good hygiene practices.
Mr. Harry Evans Arthur, Director of Education for Kpone-Katamanso District of the Ghana Education Service thanked Unilever Foundation and its partners for the stations and appealed for similar projects to be extended to other schools because lack of toilet facilities was a major challenge facing schools in the Municipality.
The legacy of Unilever Ghana Foundation and its Hygiene Station as reported by Mr. Andrews Evans Quayson, Chairman of Unilever Ghana Foundation and Mr. Michael Ubeh, Customer Development Director, Unilever Ghana PLCL
The Unilever Ghana Foundation was set up by Unilever Ghana PLC 20 years ago with a mandate to support education and development in Ghana. This mandate was adjusted over the years to reflect the changing sustainability visions of the company, hence its current focus on the improvement of health and hygiene needs of Ghanaians. “As the Foundation brings its work to a close, Unilever Ghana assures Ghanaians of its continuous commitment to the projects and program that have been initiated and implemented,” says Mr. Ubeh.
The Foundation supported the construction of 26 hygiene stations since 2013, a commitment that was driven by the sustainability agenda of Unilever Ghana PLC. Each hygiene station has four water closet toilets and two hand-washing basins each for boys and girls. The girls’ section has a changing room for female hygiene needs. A separate toilet was also provided for female and male teachers. In all, the Hygiene Station facilities benefitted more than 26,000 students, and staff over the years, giving them ready access to toilet facilities right on their school compounds. This relieved students and teachers of the discomfort of having to visit nearby homes, bushes or the beach to attend to their toileting needs.