Living without clean water
Water is a focus for many in developing countries every day, not just during World Water Day
By William Anim-Dankwa, CCFC, communications manager, Ghana
Water should never be taken for granted.
Recently, I met Asana, a 10-year-old girl from a small community in Ghana. She had walked 2 km to fetch muddy water from a dugout dam. As she drank from the pail, I couldn’t help but turn away. “Sometimes we treat the water so the dirt will settle,” said Asana. “Many times we just drink it straight to quench our thirst.”
I thought of all of the water we waste daily flushing toilets needlessly or letting taps run. Children like Asana are not as fortunate — they have little choice as far as water is concerned.
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada works to provide access to clean water for children and families in Ghana and around the world. But, consider all of the children, like Asana, who do not yet have access to clean water.