Nestlé brings to life its purpose: “enhancing quality of life and
contributing to a healthier future”, by providing Akooko and Esikasu
communities in Ghana with Water and Sanitary facilities through its
partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent
Akooko and Esikasu are farming communities in the Eastern Region of Ghana
with about 3,000 and 2,000 inhabitants respectively. Cocoa farming is the
main occupation of these two communities, which are strong contributors to
local sourcing for industries in the cocoa sector.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene facilities, however, as basic resources for
everyday life elude these two communities contributing to poor healthy
The community of Akooko now has a borehole producing about 192,000 litres
of water per day distributed through 8 standing pipes in vantage locations.
In Esikasu, 2 boreholes have been drilled while broken water points have
been refurbished to serve the community sufficient water daily in addition
to a “biodigester” toilet facility.
Secretary General of IFRC, El Hadj As Sy who visited Ghana for an advocacy
conference on Global Road Safety, conducted a field visit with some
officials of Nestlé and IFRC Ghana to Akooko and Esikasu to evaluate the
Ghana WASH project and interact with beneficiaries to reflect on its
Samuel Komlorm, Assemblyman of Esikasu thanked Nestlé and IFRC for their
contribution to raising health awareness and providing the communities with
water and sanitary facilities. He also commended the project partners for
expanding WASH to cover needs of people with disability. “One area often
ignored in the provision of water and sanitation services is needs of
people with disabilities. We are happy that the Nestlé-IFRC WASH project is
consulting and involving people with disabilities in the planning and
implementation of activities”, he said.
El Hadj As Sy, Secretary General of IFRC commended the good work of the
Ghana Red Cross team and volunteers for delivering WASH services to
communities and facilitating positive change in the lives of vulnerable
people. He thanked Nestlé for a great partnership and financial support
that is leading to addressing WASH challenges, including prevention of
diseases such as cholera and diarrhoea in deprived communities.
Philomena Tan, Managing Director of Nestlé Ghana said, “Nestlé believes
that industry has an active role to play if the Sustainable Development
Goals should be a realization. As a Nutrition Health and Wellness Company,
we commit to strategic partnerships to help make sustainable impact in
communities directly connected to our business. This is one way we
demonstrate our ambition to help improve 30 million livelihoods directly
connected to our business by 2030 under our Creating Shared Value concept”.
Since inception of the Ghana WASH project in April 2016, the programme has
enabled over 52,000 people gain access to safe water and reached over
60,000 people with health and hygiene education through community social
mobilization. In addition, 1,300 staff, stakeholders and community
volunteers have improved skills and capacity to manage and maintain WASH
The Nestlé-IFRC WASH project contributes to achieving UN Sustainable
Development Goal 6, which seeks to “ensure availability and sustainable
management of water and sanitation for all”.