Transforming Lives with Water
With over 10 million people lacking access to safe water, the need in Ghana is significant. We work with Ghana’s government at all levels and collaborate with both the public and private sectors to overcome the country’s water problems. With an office in Accra, Safe Water Network oversees Safe Water Stations in peri-urban areas near the capital, as well as in the Ashanti, lower Volta and Western Regions.
At a Glance
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The Need

Despite an investment of roughly a half a billion US dollars in infrastructure development over the past 20 years from the government and its partners, many people in Ghana still lack affordable access to safe water. Although progress has been made, the majority of rural water systems fail prematurely: current estimates indicate that 29% of all rural and peri-urban hand pumps are broken, and an additional 49% are partially functioning.

The Challenges

Several factors contribute to the lack of safe water access in Ghana. Most people rely on surface water sources, which frequently contain life-threatening parasites and high microbial content. In some regions of the country, the water has significant water discoloration and contains dangerous minerals. During the dry season, many areas suffer from water scarcity.

Communities, particularly in rural areas, also lack basic training and capacity to maintain wells, hand pumps and other systems that well-intentioned organizations have provided. Lack of proper sanitation and hygiene frequently compounds contamination of existing water sources. 


Our Progress in Ghana

We will provide more people with access to safe water while structuring our growth in ways that demonstrates the potential for success at scale. Through monitoring, evaluation and continual refinement of our model, we will document our research to facilitate broad-scale replication of our model by other organizations.

2015 GOAL

Expansions in Ghana

Building on the success of our existing Safe Water Stations, we are now expanding in the Western Region to provide safe drinking water in multiple new communities.
Collaborating to provide safe water access in the Ashanti Region.
A peri-urban area facing water challenges due to rapid urban development.
A coastal region where local water sources are compromised by high salinity.
A region lacking safe water access alongside the world’s largest reservoir.

“To see what Safe Water Network is doing in these communities, gives me hope that we can offer clean water all around the country”

- Kofi Annan, Former U.N. Secretary General during an August 2013 visit to Ghana

A Team of Committed Experts

Our Ghana-based team is focused on achieving local sustainability so that communities can successfully own and operate their Safe Water Stations. We bring technical, financial, public health and development expertise to the challenges facing the people of Ghana. All of us are passionate and committed to realizing the potential of safe water to improve health and economic well being.
Director, Africa Initiatives | Safe Water Network
Head of Operations | Safe Water Network
Head of Finance and Administration | Safe Water Network
Market Development and Partnerships | Safe Water Network
Monitoring & Evaluation, Health and Hygiene Coordinator | Safe Water Network
Operational Manager | Safe Water Network
Ga West Cluster Manager | Safe Water Network
Community Liaison Officer | Safe Water Network
Cluster Supervisor for Ashanti Region | Safe Water Network
Senior Manager, Campaigns and Events | Safe Water Network
Cluster Manager, Western Region | Safe Water Network
Cluster Supervisor, Western Region | Safe Water Network
Construction Manager | Safe Water Network
Administrative Analyst | Safe Water Network

Insights and Engagement in Ghana

We build upon the sector’s existing knowledge base and from our field work for continuous improvement. We also analyze the long-term impact of safe water on health and livelihoods and foster best practice and shared learning.