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Turning dirty water clean: improving quality and conservation

This World Water Day, see the challenges to finding safe water across Ghana

By William Anim-Dankwa, communications manager, Ghana

Water is life. Those fortunate to have enough clean water don’t give it a second thought, using litres indiscriminately to brush their teeth, wash their cars and even clean their pets. Such behaviour would be hard for the people of Sakpelua, Kpinchilla and Vogyili in Ghana to comprehend.

These Ghanaians are not alone. In fact, 1.8-billion people, use water contaminated with feces, according to WHO/UNICEF. What’s more, unsafe water, poor sanitation and hygiene cause 842,000 deaths in low- and middle-income countries, due largely to diarrhea people contract, notes a recent report from the World Health Organization.

It’s why you will find girls like Sumaya (pictured above), 12, drinking untreated water from a dirty pond. “There is no other source of water for us,” she tells me. “This is all we have.” Her friends Sirina (pictured below) and Esther share her sentiments.

But, these girls and their community deserve better, so, Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC), with help from donors and local partners, is working to educate vulnerable communities in Ghana about water conservation, provide access to quality water and reduce the use of unsafe water.

Last year, after a short dry season the communities of Sakpelua, Kpinchilla and Vogyili had no water. So CCFC teamed up with World Food Programme to improve the capacity of community dams dug out in low-lying areas. Water access has improved, but access to safe water has not. In these areas, humans and animals compete for the same water, which leads to water-borne diseases. CCFC continues to monitor the situation and search for solutions.

Gifty, a nurse at the Kpinchilla health centre, reveals that her facility recorded 10 diarrhoeal cases in February. That number could have been higher, but many villagers now have access to traditional and over-the-counter medicines as well as herbs, thanks to awareness-building by CCFC, among other sources.

This World Water Day, CCFC is celebrating that donors have joined with us to bring clean water to more than 40 communities, whose residents are also learning about the power of water conservation. Boreholes now give animals their own place to drink and dry-season gardens have flourished.

Join us to ensure children like Sumaya and her friends have clean water and good health.

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About Christian Children's Fund of Canada:

Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-focused international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance. CCFC supports children and communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Currently, CCFC has almost 50,000 children sponsored, benefiting nearly 400,000 people around the world.