Image AltLoggu is a farming community in the Wa East District of the Upper West Region. It is about 21km from Wa, the Regional Capital and located in the south-western part of the district. On 2nd March, 2013, the Wa East District Assembly and the local community with the support of the Wa Regional Coordinating Office of GSOP started the rehabilitation of a small earth dam in Loggu under the Labour Intensive Public Works (LIPW), which ended on 16th June, 2013. Upon sensitization from the Project, the Loggu Community formed a Community Facility Management Committee (CFMC) comprising 8 members, a representative each from the 8 gates in the Loggu Community, with an oversight responsibility from the Chief of Loggu. Four years after completion and handing over of the facility to the beneficiary community, the CFMC has been able to maintain and manage the small earth dam, even to the extent of the facility having a rippling effect on other sectors of the community.Testimonies from members of the CFMC (picture insert) revealed tremendous effort from the committee and the community in general towards maintenance and general development of the community. The Committee after engaging animal (cattle) owners from other communities precisely Kpalsaga, Sagu, Baalayiri, Kalaabie and Da-iyiri (Wa West District) came to an agreement that some amount of money would be paid by the animal owners for the animal use of the small earth dam in the dry season. This has been the main revenue source (alongside fishing proceeds) for the committee to execute its activities. In the first year, these returns were used to reconstruct part of the spillway that was broken by an incessant collection of water in the small earth dam, with local technical expertise and communal labour. In the second year, the proceeds were used to start moulding blocks for the construction of 1No. 3 Bedroom Teachers Quarters for the Loggu Community Basic School. This need had been borne out of the challenges the community face in housing teachers posted to the community for teaching, which culminated to some family members giving up their rooms to these teachers whilst they share rooms with other family members. Also in the second year, proceeds from a bumper fishing harvest were used to roof the kitchen of the basic school Image Alt Due to their illustrious effort, an agreement was also entered with a contractor using the water for private construction to rehabilitate the spillway, which was in a deplorable shape. In the third year, more building and construction materials were purchased with proceeds from the dam and the teachers’ quarters was started up to lintel level (picture insert). The CFMC has also been active in preventing the facility from being polluted. Periodic inspections and communal clean ups have been organized to make the facility tidy. They have also ensured that no gardening is done upstream in order to prevent siltation of the facility as well as washing close to the reservoir area. Culprits are usually sent to the Chief for trial and subsequent fines. Notwithstanding the successes chalked in maintaining the facility, some challenges still linger. Only five members are currently active as the CFMC, whilst the three have opted out due to its voluntary nature and other social frictions, as reported by the surviving committee members. Continuous seasonal seepages have also been an issue the CFMC have to deal with, which in the long run will weaken the dam wall. The Committee also still battles with attempts by people and animals (pigs) to pollute the water. The story is insightful and worthy of sharing and emulation for other CFMCs (especially for SEDDs) in LIPW delivery in respect of operation and sustainability of completed sub-projects. Story By: Abdul Rahim (GSOP- Safeguard & Case Managment Officer)