The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world. The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. Worldwide, Rotary has 1.2 million members in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.
In partnership with Rotary International, the Ghana WASH Project has worked in the Greater Accra and Central Regions to provide 38 institutional latrines in 27 schools and supported these education institutions’ School Health Education Program (SHEP) clubs through hygiene and behavior change education. GWASH and Rotary International have also provided boreholes, along with capacity building for water and sanitation committees, in 20 communities.
Read how a borehole and capacity building for watsan communities in two communities, through the GWASH and Rotary International partnership, is changing the lives of many:
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The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) and its bottling partners are the world’s leading producers of non-alcoholic beverages, with operations in more than 200 countries, encompassing over 900 manufacturing facilities. TCCC is committed to responsible water stewardship across its global beverage operations. In addition to direct funding support for projects through both the company and its charitable foundations, TCCC leverages its global network of marketing, communications, and technical experts, providing guidance and information to project stakeholders.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has been providing water supply and sanitation services, promoting hygiene behavior change, improving water resources management for food security and livelihoods, and supporting sustainable management of watersheds in developing countries for over 40 years, including a significant commitment in recent years to establishing public-private alliances for development. In addition to funding support from several offices and missions within USAID, the agency’s water sector experts and missions provide program guidance and ensure the highest technical standards for all WADA activities.
In 2005, Coca Cola and USAID created a dynamic partnership to address community water needs in developing countries around the world. This partnership, with support from the Global Environment and Technology Foundation (GETF) forms the Water and Development Alliance (WADA).
Water and Development Alliance (WADA) objectives:
- Establish participatory, sustainable water and watershed resources management to benefit people and ecosystems
- Increase access to community water supply and sanitation services
- Foster improved behaviors in sanitation and hygiene for positive health impacts
- Promote efficient and sustainable productive use of water to protect the environment and provide economic benefits to communities
WADA captures the capacity, commitment and reach of its partners to achieve innovative, significant, and lasting impacts on the global water crisis.
In 2009, WADA began working with BETA Construction Engineers (BCE), WaterHealth Ghana (WHG), and Ghana Water and Sanitation Hygiene Project (GWASH) to address the inadequate water and sanitation facilities by providing these facilities in selected districts.
GWASH’s role is to facilitate the construction of water and sanitation facilities and hand washing stations, which are complemented by Behavior Change Communication (BCC) to encourage proper maintenance and usage of sanitation facilities. This strategic partnership enables the project to respond to local needs, priorities, and takes advantage of partner strengths and commitments in various localities.
Installing decentralized sanitation facilities, improving access to safe water, implementing health and Behavior Change Communication (BCC) to support infrastructure activities, constructing at least 155 institutional and household latrines and 20 handwashing stations
Positive Impacts for Communities
- 16,250 community members receiving improved access to water
- 11,000 students and teachers receiving access to bio-sanitation facilities
- 1,200 people receiving household sanitation facilities
- 27 people trained in facility maintenance
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Safe Water Network is a US-based not-for-profit organization that works to provide real-world solutions to the global water crisis. Safe Water Network is committed to introducing low-cost, market-driven water solutions that produce safe, reliable and affordable water. These solutions aim at ensuring fair access, improving health and livelihoods, enhancing economic and cultural sustainability, demonstrating the potential for broad-scale adoption, leveraging public, commercial and non-profit capabilities, and enabling local ownership and community engagement.
In Ghana, Safe Water Network has contributed to the funding of five WaterHealth centers, in Pokuase, Amasaman, Obeyeyie, Oduman and Tongor-Dzemeni. These community-based distributed water systems provide reliable drinking water at affordable rates to rural communities beyond the reach of piped water systems. With the launch of these five water centers, installed and operated by WaterHealth International, Safe Water Network has achieved its first major milestone in its goal to advance market-based, community-level water solutions that combat the widespread human suffering caused by waterborne disease. The plan is to increase their impact by expanding into other needy communities.
The GWASH Project and Safe Water Network entered into partnership to provide potable and safe water complemented by a behavior change communications (BCC) campaign on health and hygiene in Aveme and Gbefi communities in Volta region and Akateng community in the Eastern region. Under this partnership, Safe Water Network, with funding from the Hilton Foundation, is responsible for operations, technical assistance and evaluations. The Ghana WASH Project, with funding from USAID, is responsible for the execution of baseline community studies, BCC, health and hygiene promotion, monitoring and evaluation as well as environmental monitoring. The Ghana WASH Project also operates through its local NGO partner, EDSAM Social Network, which has a strong presence throughout the Volta Region.
Safe Water Network is completing an assessment of these water centers to evaluate their potential to meet the safe water needs in the region. The objective is to establish an economically sustainable model in Ghana with widespread potential in West Africa.
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WaterHealth International offers an immediately deployable strategy for processing healthy drinking water in underserved communities. WaterHealth’s game-changing strategy combines the use of decentralized purification centers in partnership with local communities to create a scalable and sustainable solution for processing healthy drinking water.
Using off-the-shelf technologies (including UV light disinfection), WaterHealth Centers purify any available local water source to exceed World Health Organization-quality drinking water standards. WaterHealth Centers employ local workers to maintain, test and dispense “always pure” water at an affordable cost. WaterHealth maintains a centralized real-time monitoring and quality control system to guarantee an immediate and agile response to any system or water quality issues. Other solutions to the water crisis require ongoing investment, but WaterHealth’s business model creates a sustainable community solution that improves lives, facilitates growth and enriches local economies.
Communities not only realize immediate benefits from improved health and wellbeing brought by clean water, they also benefit economically by sharing in a portion of a Center’s net earnings and ultimately by vesting in full ownership of that Center. This unique win-win relationship means that access to safe, reliable water can become a reality for hundreds of millions of people – creating a bridge today to a better tomorrow.
WaterHealth seeks to partner with other on-the-ground education providers in order to maximize the impact in a community. Through the existing partnership with Safe Water Network Ghana WASH communicates behavior change messages to the community. Ghana WASH explains the health and hygiene benefits of using safe water and disseminates correct information on diseases spread through unsafe water. Educational outreach uses a multichannel approach including hygiene promoters, signage, pamphlets, training sessions and workshops.
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Water In Africa Through Everyday Responsiveness (WATER NGO) is a non-governmental organization founded by Jim Niquette, a consultant of the Carter Center who had previously worked with the Guinea Worm Eradication program. Jim Niquette has worked in Sudan, Nigeria and Ghana with the Carter Center since June, 2002, and continues to work in Africa in hopes of eradicating the disease. Other Africa ground based resources exist in the form of people in these countries, mostly who have been involved in the Guinea Worm eradication effort over the past 15 years.
Because the Guinea Worm Eradication program is a health program, and providing water is expensive, money is not always available to address the root problem of providing clean water in the villages. WATER NGO was set up to address this, so that the people working on Guinea Worm eradication had money to put in hand-pumps or repair broken systems, while at the same time doing the health related work.
The name “Water in Africa Through Everyday Responsiveness” came from the idea that it was to be a link between everyday people with a means or time to help and everyday people with a need. WATER NGO has no fulltime paid staff, no offices and no marketing department. This web site like everything else at WATER NGO was built on a voluntary basis. Money is collected as a result of people taking initiative on their own. Projects are then implemented in Africa in the same way, sometimes through Non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and sometime through private drillers or other contractors. WATER NGO provides the link to make this happen.
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United States Peace Corps
The United States Peace Corps, a volunteer program run by the United States government, promotes world peace and friendship through international development collaboration. Through cross-cultural integration and technical assistance, the program meets three aims: to assist people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women, to promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the people served and to promote a better understanding of other people on the part of Americans.
Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) are American citizens, typically with a college degree, who commit to working abroad for a period of 24 months (following three months of training) in a host country. As part of their placements, these volunteers work with governments, schools, non-profit organizations, non-government organizations, and entrepreneurs in the areas of education, youth and community development, health, HIV/AIDS, food security, business, information technology, agriculture, and the environment.
The program traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Sen. John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew a federal government agency devoted to world peace and friendship. Since 1961, more than 200,000 Americans have joined the Peace Corps and have served in 139 countries. Peace Corps’ relationship with Ghana and its people is an exceptionally special one: Ghana is the first country to receive Peace Corps Volunteers; to date, more than 4,190 volunteers have served in Ghana since the program was established.
The work of PCVs in villages, towns, and cities around the globe represents a legacy of service that has become a significant part of America’s history and positive image abroad. Peace Corps continues to build on this longstanding legacy by evolving and meeting the present needs of Ghana. Ghana WASH is also working to meet the needs of Ghana in the area of water, sanitation and hygiene.
In early 2012, the Ghana WASH Project initiated a partnership with Peace Corps Ghana. The project’s Chief of Party Sean Cantella had also served as PCV in Senegal (1993-1995), and Director of Management with the program in Guinea (2002-2005) and Mali (2005-2007), and he knew the success that could be achieved with partnering with an organization like Peace Corps who focuses on the local community at a grassroots level.
Seven volunteers have been seconded to the Ghana WASH Project, and these volunteers are strategically placed across the project’s targeted regions. These volunteers deliver on the Peace Corps mission and also assist GWASH in achieving its goals: creating access to safe drinking water, supporting community led sanitation, and promoting positive hygiene and behavior change. The GWASH Peace Corps Volunteers provide critical assistance in supporting household latrine construction in hybrid CLTS communities, implementing behavior change communications and hygiene promotion activities, and in other key areas of community development. In addition, all PCVs working in the project’s five regions can apply for funds to implement WASH activities through the Small Grants Facility Program.
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