Coalition of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS) has taken another judicious step by organizing Mole XXX Special awards night.

The awards night which was held in a grand-style in Ho of the Volta Region, was aimed at honouring some individuals and institutions operating in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector.

The individuals and institutions were honoured in recognition for their immense contribution to the WASH sector.

This year, awards were divided into three categories: Mole Stewardship awards, The Mole Life Time Awards and The Mole Hall of Fame Awards.

Under the Mole Stewardship awards, Mrs. Loretta Roberts the first Vice Chairman of CONIWAS was honoured. Currently a WASH Specialist with UNICEF.

She was honored for demonstrating a sustained passion for the rural sanitation development in the country.

Her individual passion has also been demonstrated in strong support for policy and strategic development for the sanitation sub-sector.

The Deputy Director at the Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate, Mr. Kweku Quansah was also awarded for demonstrating a high level of commitment to the development of the sanitation sector in Ghana.

Overthe years, he has remained a brilliant interface between government and CSOs within the sanitation sub-sector.

A former Country Representative of WaterAid Ghana, Dr. Stephen Ntow was honoured.

Currently, the Director of WASH Health Solutions. Dr. Stephen Ntow, was also awarded for demonstrating a sustained commitment to institutional capacity development in Ghana throughout his life.

More so, IRC also received an award for remaining the knowledge management hub in the WASH sector.

They have also contributed massively to the research and development of innovative WASH products and services.

The Mole Hall of Fame Awards

Under this category, World Vision was awarded for providing sustainable WASH services, continued sector support and community empowerment in Ghana.

The international charity organisation has demonstrated strong commitment to moving communities from reliance to resilience and contributed massively to WASH in Schools and child wellbeing.

UNICEF was also honoured for remaining an outstanding sponsor to CONIWAS , the Mole Conference Series and the WASH sector as a whole in Ghana.

UNICEF contribution has included sanitation, water , gender and disability, WASH in emergencies, research and others.

Afram Plains Development Organisation also received an award for standing tall in terms of innovation, knowledge development and sharing , partnerships and resource mobilization.

Originally founded to operate within the Afram Plains District in the Eastern Region.

APDO has expanded operations to the Volta and Northern Regions while it has also contributed to the development of young professionals for the WASH sector as well as national level advocacy.

Life Time Awards

Under this category, Prof, Mr. Mawuena Dotse was honoured for his massive contribution to the development of several WASH strategies for the sector.

He has also made brilliant inputs into various policy and strategy development processes .

Bishop Nathaniel Adams, who have been
working with the Church of Christ Rural Development Project for decades, used his congregation and the church to become change agents in WASH delivery.

He was awarded for demonstrating strong passion for WASH service delivery in deprived areas in the country and leveraging on

The Executive Secretary of the Water Resources Commission , Mr. Ben Yaw Ampomah, was also honoured for playing a remarkable role in the development of the sector’s Integrated Water Resources Management strategy, the Water Charter and transboundary water policies and strategies.

However, Mrs. Hawa Nibi Amenga – Etego of the blessed memory was also remembered for her outstanding achievements in gender and WASH advocacy in Ghana.

Through her working life with the Foundation for Grassroots Initiatives in Africa(Grassroots Africa).

She seized opportunity of sector platforms to share vast experiences and lessons as a contribution to gender mainstreaming in Ghana’s WASH sector.

The Chairman of CONIWAS Mr Martin Derry, in a brief statement noted that, the individuals and institutions featured in this brief have been given special recognition for their remarkable contribution to the development of the WASH sector.

” However, the gesture in no way suggests that they are the only remarkable contributors to the sector.

CONIWA will always explore and acknowledge contributions by various sector players,” he stated .

Source: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/newsghana.com.gh

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