By Ed Chen
Photo credits: Rohan Attravanam
We've been in Ghana for a little over a week now. It's amazing how many communities have electricity but no affordable, safe water. Further, there's very little understanding of what "clean" water means. Many believe that "clear" means clean. Of course, there are bacteria that aren't visible to the naked eye that can very much be harmful. As a result, communities have a real hurdle to expanding the availability of clean water in both education and access.
|Clean water initiative improving the quality |
of life of millions families
Water Health Ghana is doing its part to enable such efforts, but its funds are limited. From my perspective, this case is about increasing access, expanding use occasions, and allocating limited funds to maximize impact per dollar to communities that need clean water most. This requires a careful understanding of each prospective community's access to water relative to size, population density, and water borne illness rates. Data is limited but Nathaniel at Water Health is doing a great job in gathering the information needed to write the business case for each community.