Build 30 community water treatment centers in villages in Ghana using simple, proven technologies. Train local women to operate the centers as businesses, providing a low-cost source of safe water.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
CWS projects are located in northern Ghana, where 50% of the nearly 2 million residents lack access to "improved" sources of drinking water. As a result, the primary source of drinking water is dirty, biologically contaminated surface water. The lack of access to safe drinking water continues to be a public health challenge for the region where approximately 20% of children under five are suffering from diarrhea disease, and the child mortality rate is 150 deaths / 1000 live births.
How will this project solve this problem?
Build 16 community water treatment centers. Train local women to operate these businesses, reinvesting local revenues to sustain access to safe water. CWS model also includes chlorination and safe storage to keep the water safe while stored at home.
Potential Long Term Impact
Establishing 16 locally-owned water treatment businesses will provide clean, safe drinking water to over 12,000 people (including more than 2,500 children) on a permanent, sustainable basis. This could reduce childhood mortality rates by as much as 25%
Total Funding Received to Date: $38,940
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $36,060
Total Funding Goal: $75,000