OPEC Fund Annual Award winner launches WASH projects in her home community By Anna Ilaria-Mayrhofer


he OPEC Fund’s 2019 Annual Award for Development winner Vida Duti continues to made good her promise to give back to her community with two of her most

recent projects – bringing water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services to a health care facility and school in Sefwi Bodi, Ghana, where she herself grew up. Duti, Country Director for IRC Ghana (see

boxout), recently helped launch WASH facilities at the Bishop Anglionby Memorial Clinic during


a small ceremony comprising board members and staff of the clinic, as well as some of the local community. Duti outlined the planned project works, which include construction of a borehole system with an overhead tank and water points, and the installation of toilet and hand-washing facilities. She said the project’s goal was to reduce water-related illness and provide sustainable, safe water sanitation to around 10,000 people in Sefi Bodi and its catchment communities. At the ceremony, Duti said: “On receiving the 2019 OPEC Fund Annual Award, I dedicated it

to the people of Ghana for whose quest I gained the recognition. I assured the Ministerial Council and management of the OPEC Fund of my resolve to work harder toward improving the quality of life for people in the developing world, especially Ghana. This project is in response to this assurance and in fulfilment of my long-standing desire to support and give back to my community.”

THE IRC? The IRC is an international non-profit organization with six focus countries – Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, India and Uganda – that supports networks ofgovernments, NGOs, entrepreneurs and users of services at district, national and global level. Through its hub of partnerships, IRC also works in more than20othercountries. The IRC’s mandate is as follows: “We want every household, school, health care facility, workplace and public place in the world to have access to safe and reliable drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services by 2030.”

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Duti joins the motivated throng of pupils. She explained to the students how they should persevere to achieve their goals and not be thwarted by external circumstances.

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Award winner Vida Duti

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