While poverty in Ghana is in decline, the challenges caused by rapid urbanisation are on the rise. Nearly half the population in Kumasi rely on public toilets, with only one toilet for every 1,000 people, and water services in low-income urban areas are often non-existent. This is having a massive knock-on effect on the population’s health, dignity and economic growth.
Sandra is the Head of the Community Management Committee at Kotei, which oversees the operations and maintenance of the water system and all of its facilities within the community – and they’ve been successfully managing this ever since the project started in 2010.
“Before we had this system people used to collect water from a polluted and dirty stream that often used to dry up. Now we have clean, quality water, jobs and revenue for food and health. I make sure all bills are paid to the service provider and there has never been an issue. We’re a community that can now look after ourselves without relying on funding from organisations.”
Our work in Ghana is focused on small towns in the Ashanti and Volta regions.
In Ashanti, we’re working in ten cocoa-farming communities to deliver a clean, safe water service to over 60,000 people by the end of 2020. We’re also improving the communities’ sanitation facilities and hygiene awareness through the construction of household and public toilets and health campaigns.
In Volta, we’re excited to be piloting our first Safe Water Station expanding safe water access to approximately 2,500 people. With our partner, we are building off-grid community water systems using a community-owned and operated water treatment facility that delivers safe water at prices affordable to people living on £0.76-1.90 per day.
In 2019, we look forward to completing our first station, which will allow 24/7 water supply through the use of pre-paid smart meters, ATMs and mobile money payments. This model is having growing success across Ghana and is being replicated by other charities working in the country.