Wa Programme Unit
Wa West, Wa East and Wa Municipality
Area: 3,937 sq. km
Population: 263,361 (2005)
Districts and communities: 3 districts, 50 communities
Sponsored children: Around 5,000
Plan Ghana’s Wa Programme Unit is located in the Upper West region and was established in July 2004. Wa is made up of 3 districts: Wa West, Wa East and the Wa Municipality. Children make up about 47% of the population.
The economically active population is also estimated to be around 47%.Agriculture is the main economic activity and most people are subsistence farmers.
Growing up healthy
Plan’s School Health Programme has helped train teachers in safe hygiene and provided hand-washing facilities to schools, improving sanitation of both teachers and pupils.
We have supported the registration of children under the National Health Insurance Scheme, which now helps families receive treatment at health facilities. Plan has also supported the Ghana Health Service to improve access to health care by expanding its community-based health planning and services programme.
Library books have been provided to primary schools to encourage good reading habits among children. This has lead to an improvement in their ability to read and write.
Plan Ghana has also supported the training of 19 pre-school teachers in the latest teaching methodologies. This has made teaching and learning more efficient and effective.
Water and sanitation
Water and sanitation committees have been trained to ensure that borehole facilities and safe drinking water sources are well maintained. Beneficiary communities now have easy access to safe drinking water all year round. As a result, women and children no longer have to walk long distances to get water and families aren’t affected by water borne diseases from contaminated drinking water.
In partnership with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Plan has trained women in animal husbandry and disease identification, sanitation, record keeping, agricultural technologies and many other fields. The training has increased the women’s skill set, and selling the animals has improved their household income.
Rights of the Child programme
The Rights of the Child (ROC) programme has helped provide children with birth certificates, giving them an official identity and easier access to crucial services – such as health and education.
Child rights clubs have been trained in media skills, so children can now talk confidently on radio and speak more openly on issues affecting them.