Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) in collaboration with Community Legacy Initiative Programme (CLIP) has commissioned a water and sanitation facility worth GHC 69,000 to the Savelugu School for the Deaf in the Northern Region.
GPHA funded the project with support from CLIP and also rehabilitated a solar mechanised borehole water supply system, which broke down two years ago, leading to water crisis in the school.
The school also received three-giant polytanks of 30,000 litres of water storage capacity to address the water challenges in the school.
Mr Paul Azeka Asia, Executive Director of CLIP said the school was given litter bins and hand washing facilities to promote sanitation and to enhance hygienic practices.
As part of the commission, the school children were trained on proper water handling and proper hand washing.
Mr Malik Adams, Senior marketing and Corporate Affairs Officer for Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) urged the management of the school to ensure maximum utilisation to maintain the facilities to improve healthy life of the children and to promote quality education.
Hajia Ayishetu Seidu, the Savelugu Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) stated that before the intervention of the project, the children and staff used to go outside the school in search of water risking their lives.
She expressed gratitude to the management of GPHA and CLIP for the provision and commissioning of the water project, which would give the children time to study.
Madam Gertrude Gera Dasah, the Headmistress of the Savelugu School for the Deaf gave the assurance that management would put proper measurements in place to ensure the life span.
She called on other institutions to support the school to enhance quality education.
She said, "The school is a basic residential public school, which houses special need children with hearing impairment".
She said the Savelugu School for Deaf was established in 1978 in Tamale before it was relocated to its present site.
According to Madam Dasah, the school has a population of about four hundred and fifty (450) children comprising 258 boys and 192 girls and that the staff strength stood at 48.
CLIP is a local Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that focuses on building healthy, safe and vibrant communities to meet the needs of the present generation, while making provision for future generations.
The programme was aimed at improving on the children's health care by providing them potable drinking water and sanitation facilities in the school.
The NGO also empowered individuals, families and institutions in the less privileged communities to reach their fullest potential through the use of their talents and available socio-economic opportunities to provide for themselves and the future generation.