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The Ghana Journalist Association(GJA) Awards launched today and it sponsored by World Vision International. Mr Dickens Thunde,the National Director of World vision International (WVI) emphasized in his speech that, "Just last week ,we were here to announce  world Vision Ghana's sponsorship for the child protection and participation of the 22nd GJA Awards. We knew we had yo come back. Why come the second time ?We are back because World Vision sees the need to support the media in yet another very important sector-the area of water ,Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)."

He said, World Vision Ghana believes that nothing is more important to child well-being than access to safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene (WASH). We consider the delivery of WASH services fundamental for improved health, quality education, food security, poverty reduction and overall socio-economic development. Indeed ,no strategy for poverty reduction can ignore people's vital requirements for Water and sanitation.

According to Mr. Thunde, "this is why World Vision Ghana currently works with very deprived communities to co - create solution for development challenges in the areas of Water and sanitation, Food security, Health, Education and child protection. It is  for this reason that from 2011 to 2016 ,under the 'For Every Child' (FEC) Water, sanitation and Hygiene program, World Vision Ghana invested an additional US$ 30 million which provided 800 new borehole fitted with hand pumps,rehabilitated 250 boreholes, and constructed 85 limited mechanized and other alternative water supply systems.

We  are also promoting improved sanitation through the community-Led Total sanitation approach and constructing 75 institutional latrines. These are benefiting about One Million people in 1,050 communities and institutions in over 30 districts in all the 10  regions of Ghana."

He said, As a country, we are doing well in the area of provision of safe water but the same cannot be said for sanitation. It is quite disheartening to note that today only 15% of Ghana's population has access to improved toilet facilities. This situation is inconsistent with the country's status as a lower middle income economy. There is therefore the urgent need for us to double our efforts,and  the media cannot be left out."

He continued, this is the reason why World Vision is excited at the creation of the Ministry of Sanitation and Waters Resources and the recent launch of the National Sanitation Campaign by the president of the republic of Ghana. World Vision commends government for this development. We wish to encourage government to adequately resource this new Ministry to succeed in achieving its mandate ,including ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all as required under the sustainable Development Goal 6.World Vision is commitment to investing more in the WASH sector and collaborating with the Ministry and all relevant stakeholders, including the media to ensure sustainable access to safe water ,improved sanitation and hygiene for all towards the realization of our vision for every child- life in all its fullness.

In this regard, we want to support the Ghana Journalists Association to recognize journalists and media houses that are championing the cause of safe water,hygiene and sanitation in Ghana. "

In conclusion Mr.Dickens Thunde said, "World Vision has decided to sponsor the Best reporter and Best Media House, Water sanitation and Hygiene categories of the 2017 GJA Awards. This means World Vision is sponsoring the awards as follows. Best Reporter,
Child protection and participation ,Best Reporter, Water ,Sanitation and Hygiene and Best Media House, Water,Sanitation and Hygiene. As usual, the awards have cash and material components."

Source: Kofi Dwumah/

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