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How a charity helps in development. Water Aid's work in Ghana

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Water Aid Ghana Aims: - help 80,000 people gain access to water, sanitation and hygiene every year by 2011 - support local organisations to raise their own funds, while keeping a strong advisory role on how these funds are spent to ensure a further 40,000 people gain access to water, sanitation and hygiene every year by 2011 - To ensure problems of the poorest, socially excluded and marginalised groups, like women, elderly, disabled and those living with HIV/AIDS, receive increased support. How does Water Aid provide support? Water Aid works in partnership with 8 non governmental organisations (NGOs). These partners carry out the day to day management of water, sanitation and hygiene education projects in 6 out of 10 of the countries regions. Water Aid provides financial support, training and technical advice as well as assistance with planning, budgeting and institutional development. Water Aid also works in influencing governments, to ensure that they meet the millennium development goals (MDGs) ...read more.


Before, I had notime to weave baskets, which was a problem. Now there is real change. I cannot read or write and my hope for the future is for my children to have more chances than me, to get and education and lead goo lives" Everyone is affected by Water Aid, children benefit especially. 9 year old Nsomah Umala from the Asamponbisi village: "Before we had the pump we went to the stream to fetch water. There were animals drinking there too. The water hut my stomach. Now I'm pleased I don't have to go there anymore. I never visit there. I am happy with the new water. Before I had diarrhoea and I had to go to hospital and stay there for 5 days. It was all new to me. It was big and strange and there were lots of people. I had to get injections and it was scary. ...read more.


Currently only 44% of the rural population and 61% of the urban population has access to safe water, while fewer still have sanitation - 11% of the rural population and 40% of the urban population. This lack of hygienic conditions has a very negative effect on the economy as people can't work while they are ill and require money from the government's healthcare; this contributes to 39.5% of the countries 21.2million population living below the poverty line. Water Aids achievements to date: - Water Aid works in Ghana helping over 50,000 people per year - Water Aid has helped its partners become independent organisations. Together they are now able to carry out more project work in Ghana. - Water Aid is developing its fundraising activities internally from Ghana. Successes so far include substantial funds from the standard chartered bank Ltd. In the uk we must realise the great work that Water Aid is doing and support it by donating as much as we can to help the millions of people still in danger from dirty water and poor sanitation around the world. ...read more.

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