Over 99,000 people living in rural northern Ghana is set to receive three months of free water supply through the Saha Global’s Emergency Corona-virus Water Fund.
According to Saha Global, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) access to clean water for hand washing and drinking is crucial in the fight against COVID-19. Thus the setting up the water fund to ensure that no one is excluded from getting safe clean water.
The Director of Ghana Operations for Saha Global, Mr. Theo Boateng, in a statement copied to Todaygh.com explained that majority of the people living in rural communities in northern Ghana rely on contaminated man made dugouts as their only source of water which leaves them at risk for easily contracting waterborne disease.
He noted that in the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic people in rural communities will be more vulnerable to the coronavirus infection if they are not able to follow the World Health Organization guidelines on handwashing and hygiene due to lack of clean water.
The Director of Ghana Operations for Saha Global explained that his outfit has trained over 700 women “water-preneurs” in 227 rural communities across the Northern and Savannah Regions of Ghana to operate water treatment centres where the over 99,000 people will fetch water from without paying anything.
Funds from the Emergency Coronavirus Water Fund, according to Mr. Boateng will be used to off-set the cost of water supplied to residents in the 227 rural communities within the three months period beginning from June, to August, 30, 2020.
“This project is being rolled out by Saha Global in support of government’s three months of free water initiative announced by the president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo about a month ago.
After the government’s announcement on providing three months of free water to all Ghanaians, we had discussions with executives from the district assemblies, the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) and the Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation,(CONIWAS), and we all agreed that CSOs and NGOs will have to augment the government’s efforts to ensure that Ghanaians, including those living in faraway rural communities and not connected to the national water pipelines, also get access to three months of free clean water.
By setting up this emergency water fund, our goal, like that of the government, is to ensure that the best health and safety practices to prevent the spread of COVID 19 are followed and many lives saved. Rural dwellers in Saha’s partner communities will have access to clean water and good hygiene during this critical period.” He stated.
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Meanwhile the Operations Coordinator at Saha Global, Mr. Eric Awini disclosed that over the past weeks, a team from his outfit had received training on social distancing, using a face mask and hand washing practices. The team will, in the coming weeks, train the water-preneurs on social distancing to be able to provide free access to clean water to the members of their communities while ensuring that the safety protocols are being followed.
“Saha’s partner communities have already received Safe Storage Containers to keep water safe and education materials like safety stickers on best hygiene behaviour will soon be provided “We want to make sure our water-preneurs are well equipped to be able to serve clean water in a safe environment ” he stated.
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