Ten schools within the Tema, Ashaiman and Kpone Katamanso areas are the latest beneficiaries of the Unilever Ghana Foundation (UGF) Hygiene Stations.
The donation, which is in partnership with Global Communities and USAID, is one of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility to increase access to hygienic places of convenience for pupils.
Prior to handing over the facility, trustee and representative of UGF, Joel Nettey, “the Trustees of UGF took a bold decision to finance the construction of 10 new Hygiene Stations in selected public basic schools within the Tema Metropolis, Ashaiman Municipality and the Kpone Katamanso District.”
He told an excited gathering of teachers and students at the St. Augustine Basic School in Ashaiman on Wednesday about his delight knowing that “through this initiative, well over 5,000 basic school children and their teachers, within the catchment areas mentioned above can access decent places of convenience within their school premises.”
So far, UGF has built about 26 of such facilities mostly in the Tema municipality over the last eight years. This brings relief to over 20,000 school children, teachers and community members.
According to Mr Nettey, this is a commitment the Foundation intends to keep in the coming years.
He said it is comforting to know that pupils would have access to a place of convenience within their compound without being exposed to any dangers that come with “straying out of sight of their supervisors with all the attendant problems.”
Thanking their partners Global Communities, he said it is their hope as well that the facility would ensure behavioural change training for the users.
Mr Nettey charged the beneficiaries of the facility to put the facility to good use and properly maintain so it would be of use to them for many years to come.
The Administrator of the Foundation, Henry Herbert Malm, said the donation was an opportunity for Unilever Ghana to assure its partners and the communities in which they operated that they were always at the centre of everything they did.
“It is the reason why we always try to identify their needs and to work hard to address them.
“Unilever is committed to improving the health and hygiene needs of one billion people across the globe and also to reduce the environmental impact of making and using the products,” Mr. Malm said.
On his part, the Country Director of Global Communities, Alberto Wilde, noted the efforts of the country in working hard to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number six by improving sanitation.
He said their donation is “to declare Ghana open defecation free by 2030, and we are adding these facilities to help attain that goal.”
The Ashaiman Municipal Director of Education, Rev. Mrs. Joyce Orleans Madjitey, who received the facilities, thanked the company and their partners for seeking to promote the culture of regular hand washing among pupils.
She observed the upward enrolment of pupils of the St. Augustine, for example, and believed that the gesture would ease congestion at the washrooms of the schools and therefore was much grateful.
AME Zion Bethel JHS, St. Augustine’s Primary, and SDA Primary Schools in Ashaiman have also benefited from the Hygiene Stations
Others are the Manhean Anglican Primary A, B and C, Sakumono Holy Child R/C Basic and Kotobabi TMA JHS all in the Tema Metropolis, and Kpone Presby Basic A and B in Kpone Katamanso.