The United Nations (UN) Millennium Village Project at Bonsaaso in the Amansie West District of Ashanti Region, has held its annual performance review workshop for 95 community members in 30 cluster areas constituting its operational zones at Manso-Nkwanta.
The workshop reviewed project activities of the past years in the areas of Education, Health, Agriculture, Infrastructure, Water and Sanitation.
Speaking at the workshop, Mr Samuel Afram, the Cluster Manager, highlighted a number of achievements by the project for the past 18 months in five major areas. On education, he said the project has constructed a Six Unit classroom block in three communities at Yawkasakrom, Jumakro and Adagya.
It has also constructed two kindergarten blocks in four communities including Manukrom, Taabosere, Hiama-Nkwa and Wonipannia Due, whiles a six-unit teachers quarters in two communities, Bonsaaso and Datano have been built to help solve the perennial teacher's accommodation problems.
The project has provided an amount of GH¢8,400 as financial support to 30 brilliant but needy students within the cluster area to enable them to enter Senior High School (SHS) this year.
Touching on the School Feeding Programme, Mr Afram said a total amount of over GH¢15,000 has been disbursed, adding that, enrollment has increased to about 150 percent within the beneficiary communities, namely Bonsaaso, Ababoso and Apenamadi.
On health, he said the project has completed three clinics initiated by the District Assembly through HIPC Fund at Manso-Keniag, Aboaboso and Akyekyekrom and renovated existing clinics at Watreso, whiles rehabilitation work is on-going at Tontokrom.
He mentioned some of the challenges facing the project as poor road network within the cluster area, the lack of electricity for mechanised water supply system, poor ground and surface water quality among others.
The District Chief Executive for the Amansie West, Mr Ben Kwakye Adeefe, commended the Millennium Village Project, which he said would soon open up the areas to improve the living standards of the people.
He said the District Assembly on its part, has since 2001, constructed 84 classroom blocks and seven teachers quarters to enhance teaching and learning.
Mr Adeefe appealed to the chiefs and people in the cluster area to re-kindle their communal spirit for the project to achieve its goals for reducing poverty in the areas of operations.