US government provides US $1.7 million grant to Ghana

Nweneso (B/A), May 10, GNA – The United States government, has over the past years provided more than US $1.7 million grant support to Ghana for development.

Last year alone, it disbursed US$55,000 to seven organisations and local communities to undertake various community-based projects.

Ms Margaret Langer, a Senior Official at the US Embassy in Accra, who disclosed this on Tuesday, said the grant was under the ‘US Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program’ being implemented in the country.

She said this whiles addressing the chiefs and people of Nweneso, a farming community in the Asutifi North District of Brong-Ahafo Region in the Brong Ahafo Region during a durbar to inaugurate a borehole the Embassy had constructed for the people.

Estimated at the cost of US$6,500, the water project, was also undertaken through the ‘US Ambassador’s Special Help Programme’ and would serve the people of Tawiah-krom, Forest-Ano, Trome and Nweneso.

Construction work of the project was facilitated by the Firm Foundation and Environment – Ghana, a Kenyasi-based local Non-Governmental Organisation, with support from the beneficiary communities.

Ms Langer said the ‘Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program’ was inspired by a ‘philosophy of community-level assistance’, explaining ‘it’s a way for us to respond to requests for assistance for small community projects that promise to have immediate impact.’

She said several projects have been undertaken under the Program in Africa, which included sustainable projects initiated by local communities and NGOs.

Mr Joseph Benghazi Dahah, the Member of Parliament for Asutifi North, thanked the US Embassy for the support and appealed to the beneficiary communities to take good care of the facility.

He appealed to the Embassy to assist the community construct a Junior High School in the area.

Mr Raphael Godlove Ahenu, the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Foundation, said water is an essential commodity hence the need for every citizen to easily access quality and potable drinking water.

He said in many countries in the developing world could not meet the Millennium Development Goal on access to water and improved sanitation facilities by the end of 2015.

Instead of the targeted 54 percent coverage under the MDGs, many in Africa could only increase access by about 14 percent coverage leaving millions of people without access to good drinking water and improved sanitation facilities, Mr Ahenu said.

Mr Thomas Kwasi Osei, a representative of the beneficiary communities, also thanked the embassy for the support saying the project had come as ‘a big relief to us’.

‘We have already set up a committee to over-see the daily usage and maintenance of the facility’, he said. GNA

By Dennis Peprah, GNA