HRH The Prince of Wales, who has been President of WaterAid since 1991, examined a table top model depicting the charity’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Public Health (WASH4PH) project in the Upper East Region. This work includes rainwater harvesting systems, a solar generator-powered water system, bio-digester toilets, a biogas-fuelled school kitchen and biogas-fuelled health clinic incinerator.
He also met five school girls trained as water, sanitation and hygiene champions, who went on to promote the importance of provision of clean water, good sanitation and hygiene promotion in their schools and with local authorities in Ghana. The girls told how this training has empowered them to help change their schools and communities.
The children sang Happy Birthday and presented HRH The Prince of Wales with small gifts ahead of his birthday on 14 November.
Abdul-Nashiru Mohammed, the Country Director of WaterAid Ghana, said:
“We at WaterAid Ghana were honoured and delighted to meet HRH The Prince of Wales, to have him to meet some of the children with whom we work, and to show some examples of our transformative work on water, sanitation and hygiene. With about 10,000 children under five dying each year in Ghana of diarrhoeal illnesses directly related to dirty water, poor sanitation and poor hygiene, our work is vital and there is no time to waste in addressing this crisis.
“We are grateful for HRH The Prince of Wales’ support as WaterAid President in our quest to ensure everyone, everywhere has access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene as promised by UN Sustainable Development Goal 6.”
HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall are touring The Gambia, Ghana and Nigeria at the request and on behalf of the British Government to celebrate the UK’s partnerships with these Commonwealth nations on shared priorities.