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GHANA

Home to 29 million people, Ghana is one of West Africa’s most densely populated countries. As is the case for most African countries, the Ghanaian nation has faced its fair share of political instability. Today, the political climate is more stable than before, but the lack of institutional strength has created grave challenges for the Ghanaian drinking water sector. Naturally, the rural poor are the hardest hit. According to the joint report by UNICEF and WHO, amongst the poorest people in rural Ghana, 12.8% have limited access to water, while 10% depend on unimproved sources and 29.2% depend on surface water. In addition, the poorest people are over 20 times more likely to spend more than 30 minutes collecting water than wealthier people.

Lack of access to safe water translates directly to a rise in waterborne illnesses and a high disease burden in the country: 80% of all diseases in Ghana are caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation while in 2018 alone, approximately 123,237 children under the age of 5, died from diarrhoea in the country. This is a senseless tragedy, one entirely preventable with sustainable access to safe water.

We are working with a strategic approach to bring sustainable access to safe water for rural communities and growth centres in Ghana. We believe safe water can change everything. The high health and human costs can be converted into healthy and thriving communities with promising potential to boost the Ghanaian economy. Currently operating 50 Maji Kiosks in Ghana, we are working with the goal to double our work and our impact each succeeding year.

Ghana Water Facts

76% of households are at a risk of drinking water contaminated with faecal matter.

29% healthcare facilities have limited or no water services available on premises.

Only 1 household out of every 5 has water or other cleansing agents available at home.

Ghanaian women bear majority of the water collection burden as they make up 64% of water carriers in the country.

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Our Response

Our work contributes directly to SDG 6.1, helping to achieve universal access to basic drinking water from an improved source with collection time under 30 minutes for a roundtrip. Click on the interactive map to see the GPS location of each kiosk we operate in Ghana.