Tag Archives: Water
Today is World Water Day. Clean drinking water is something that we take for granted every single day. Many Ghanaians do not have access to clean water or proper sanitation facilities, and many face water scarcity during the dry season. When we arrived in Ghana, we were cautioned against drinking any water that was not in a plastic bottle with an unbroken seal. Thankfully we were never in a situation where we did not have access to clean water. As we drove down the streets, there were men and women selling small plastic bags of clean water. Along each side of the street, there are trenches littered with garbage and excretion creating dirty, contaminated water. Unfortunately, many families rely on surface water to survive, leaving them more susceptible to water-related illness and disease. According to research conducted by Water.org, “seventy percent of all diseases in Ghana are caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.” Pam explains in her book, Jantsen’s Gift, why it is essential for the children and staff at Touch A Life to have access to a well. “Ghana is one of several nations where it’s possible to contract a disease called Guinea worm from drinking contaminated water. […]
Water is everything. Access to a nearby well means less time transporting water and more time spent learning and creating. Access to clean, filtered water lowers the risk of parasites and disease. With the help of the Sanches family (and their Walk for Water!) and the Brad Forslund family, Touch A Life was able to update the purification system on the well that supplies water to the majority of our Care Center, and build a second brand new well. The new well is strategically positioned on the edge of the Care Center property in Kumasi, Ghana, so that the neighbors in our community can also have access to clean water.