40% of the 25 million Ghanians still lack access to safe water. Without safe water, Ghanaian communities suffer from high incidence of diarrheal diseases leading to persistent illness and death, particularly among children. Poor water quality is also a major cause of stunting in children, a chronic malnutrition condition that affects 1 in 5 children in Ghana. Approximately three out of five schools in Ghana lack water supply, and there is no national plan in place to address WASH issues at school facilities. Furthermore, where basic supply may be available, there are no national standards or monitoring process for water quality and reliability. This lack of safe water during the school day magnifies health issues, including life-threatening conditions, keeping children out of the classroom and locking them into the cycle of poverty.
Safe Water Network was formed more than a decade ago by late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman along with prominent civic and business leaders who were committed to bringing safe, reliable, and affordable water to those in most need.
With their field-demonstrated small water enterprises, they are operating at scale in India and Ghana, and have already impacted more than one million lives in 300+ communities. Safe Water Network operates by launching H2OME! Water Stations across peri-urban and small town communities in order to bring clean water to low-income residence. H2OME Stations are designed as micro-utilities to move communities and households up the water service ladder –water is then available when needed, meets national water quality standards and is affordable.