Aaron and Emmanuel (making a breakthrough at Ajumako)

Aaron Tsegah and Emmanuel Osei are yet another example of effective teamwork for results. The Ajumako Enyan Essiam (AEE) District has struggled since 2012 to turn communities ODF but it was not until just a year ago – 2017 – that the district recorded its first pair of OSD communities.

On secondment from TREND through a partnership arrangement with UNICEF, Emmanuel started working to support AEE in 2017 as a District Resource Person (DRP). Hungry for a breakthrough, the District CLTS Focal Person, Aaron, decided to cooperate fully with the DRP to achieve some success.

“I saw Emmanuel as a brother. I provided him a lot of briefing on the CLTS programme when he joined us – the prospects, the challenges, the on-going efforts. In the process I noticed that he even already had a very good background in the field. Since then we have not looked back,” says Aaron.

The two ‘brothers’ plan, execute the plan, and review it together. They also prepare, review and submit periodic reports together. They embark on community visits most of the time together even though Aaron admits that due to other assignments, Emmanuel even spends more time in communities than him.

“Even though I am supposed to be the CLTS Focal Person and he is supposed to be the DRP, we do not draw any lines between our roles; we simply approach our tasks together as a team,” Aaron added.

According to Emmanuel the two of them, in fact, share the same office and even the same desk so they share ideas ‘on the move.’ In some situations, the two have had to initiate latrine construction for a few households in some communities just to trigger action.

By April, 2018, the effective collaboration between the pair and the rest of the CLTS Team had yielded a total of 22 ODF communities in total from zero as at the start of 2017. In addition, ten more communities had been prepared for verification in June and this would most likely trigger more interest and encouragement from the team and other stakeholders within the District Assembly, as well as more communities.

“Though we have 198 communities to tackle and we have just around 22 ODFs, we believe we can beat our December 2019 districtwide ODF target. In fact, it was set based on the current rate of progress,” says Aaron.

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