The Bridgeport Rotary Club Foundation, Inc., a Rotary International affiliate located in Bridgeport, Connecticut, has awarded Safe Water Network with a grant in support of water project being implemented in partnership with UNICEF-Ghana in some schools in Ghana. The program connects one of Safe Water Network’s Safe Water Stations to a school in the Volta region of Ghana, bringing treated water to approximately 200 students
According to Rotary International and its Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group , “the benefit of school connections is essential: by having water in the school, students, especially girls, spend less time collecting water and more time learning. This simple improvement elevates student performance, as healthy students are able to attend more days of school. These students in turn become change-agents in the community, influencing more people to drink pure water”.
The partnership with UNICEF-Ghana aligns with UNICEF’s WASH Programme, which aims to increase sustainable and equitable access to and improved usage of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services.
Rotary International is a service organization comprised of 1.2 million individuals and more than 35,000 clubs around the world.
It is estimated that,close 10 million Ghanaians do not have have access to portable drinking water with about 3million compelled to depending on polluted water .The world celebrates World Water Day,today March 22.
In Africa, 319 million people, representing 32% of sub-Saharan Africans, don’t have safe drinking water.
About 12% of the world population lacks clean drinking water, and water-related diseases account for 3.5 million deaths each year, more than car accidents and AIDS combined, according to the World Water Council.