Published on: 29/10/2019
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation's new Vice President of Strategy and Programs – Marc J. Holley, and Chris Dunston (Senior Program Officer) - arrived in Kenyasi on a 5-day visit to Ghana.
The Hilton representatives arrived in Kenyasi to a warm welcome by IRC and partners and were accompanied to the District Assembly for a brief formal reception.
The District Chief Executive, Mr. Anthony Mensah, the Member of Parliament for Asutifi North, Hon. Joseph Benhezin Dahah and the representative of the Traditional Authorities, Nana C.K. Yaboah welcomed them and expressed appreciation for Hilton’s support to the district. "On behalf of the Asutifi District Assembly and the good people of the district, I welcome you with the traditional kente stool and express our appreciation for your continuous support to the district through the ANAM initiative," Mr. Anthony Mensah said.
In their welcome words to the Hilton representatives, the Safe Water Strategy [SWS] partners (IRC, WVI, SWN, Aquaya and the District Assembly) stated that over the years they have worked together towards bringing safe and reliable drinking water to the rural poor in Ghana. They indicated that continuing from the successes drawn, there was a need for them to synergise to maximise the collective impact of their diverse but complementing efforts.
The partners said, "The funding from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to implement the district-based “Safe Water Strategy” was therefore timely. This catalytic funding is enhancing capacities of grantees and the Asutifi North District Assembly to effectively work together to improve delivery and quality of water services."
On the way forward the partners added, "As we chart this new path towards system strengthening through this strategic partnership involving the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation grantees, the Asutifi North District Assembly, civil society/ NGOs and the traditional authorities in Asutifi North District of the Ahafo regions of Ghana, we are in prayer that with your unrestricted support, we can achieve our collective vision of reaching everyone with access to sustainable and safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services in the district by the year 2030; and presenting a case for replication to improve the livelihoods of the rural poor in Ghana and beyond."
Chris Dunston has been part of the SWS initiative from the start. He introduced Marc J. Holley to the local team, and indicated the purpose of the visit; to familiarise the new Vice President of the Foundation with the Safe Water Strategy, appreciating the role of local government leadership in catalysing the implementation of the WASH master plan, understand the partnership and its workings to drive the implementation of the WASH master plan and to receive updates on progress of implementation of the WASH master plan and how it translates into improvements in WASH services to beneficiaries.
Marc J. Holley was grateful for the traditional local reception offered and he was looking forward to interacting with the team during the two-day visit in Asutifi North District and possibly learn from the team and from the field visit.
The representatives will be in Asutifi North for the next two days - 28 and 29 October 2019 - and will visit a number of communities including Gambia N0.1, Ntrotroso, Wamanhinso and Panaba. The Hilton representatives will leave for the Western region on Wednesday, October 30 for a two-day visit to Safe Water Network and Water4 where they will wrap up the visit.
“Akwaaba” to Ghana, Marc J. Holley and Chris Dunston!
This visit occurred from 28 October to 01 November 2019.