10 Million Ghanaians are thirsty.
The water crisis in Ghana is as a result of prolonged ground water drought esp. in the Northern sector. Also, the city water supply is only limited to certain parts of Accra (Nation's capital) because the government has not expanded reservoir system to service an entire region over the years. Another problem is that the ground water is contaminated by animals, animals' faeces, illegal mining and open sewage gutters. Wells have run dried because either they were improperly drilled or no maintenance. There are limited amount of drills outside the capital so drilling and maintaining new wells is a slow process. Some villages do not have access to water at all so they have to walk very long distances in search of water. Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are essential for health, welfare and livelihoods (water.org). People who lack access to clean water often become infected with diseases such as diarrhea, arsenicosis, cholera, fluoeoaia, guinea worm disease, HIV/AIDS, intestinal worms, malaria, schistosomiasis, trachoma, and typhoid. No water has brought about high mortality rate directly after delivery to 5 years old. People spending most of the day looking and fetching water takes time away from family, education and business. The Ghana Water Company has to spend extra money to use extra chemicals to purify city water 4-5 times because of illegal mining waste that pollute the water sources to the reservoir (https://www.ghanabusinessnews.com/2016/03/22/154926/). With access to clean water, these horrible things are preventable!
Statistics speak for themselves
mln Ghanaians need clean water
% of Ghanaians need proper sanitation
AH3B's Plan 1. Pay a company to drill water well at AH3B base in Ablekuma, Accra. Pump will serve 2 purposes: both the base and immediate community will have access to clean water.
Combine all available resources to give the entire country of Ghana water
2. Obtain sand drill to drill water well in Northern Region(s).
3. Travel with lifestraw and foliawater as educational materials.
4. Work with existing non-profits who are drilling in the country. The need is very great so 1 non-profit cannot do it all. When we all work together success is faster.
5. Work with U.S Partners.
6. Educate the people on water, sanitation and everything water related.
In the northern regions of Ghana, an estimated 1 in 10 children die before the age of 5, due to not having access to clean water and proper sanitation. A whole village can be served with one water well and a few latrines!! This means there will be less illnesses, diseases, and deaths. This also means that many families will have more time to spend doing other things. Often, women and children spend all day walking miles to fetch contaminated water. With a village pump available, parents will have more time to plant more crops or produce more goods for sale. The surplus of income will allow the children would to attend school, which will break the cycle of poverty.
Millions of Children are in poverty.
The children living in Ghana need much help, help from AH3B and you too! The cycle of poverty is causing many issues for the children. Poverty sends children away from their homes and schools. It is common to see children hawking goods on the streets of the capitol trying to earn money for themselves and families. The water crisis pulls many children out of school. Their time is spent looking for water for themselves, their families, and their livestock to survive. Poverty also presents parents with the decision to either keep their children or sell them. It is common for families to sell one or two children for the equivalent of $5 U.S. dollars! The children are purchased and used to work extensive hours in harsh conditions. Children are often found breaking stones in quarries, mining for gold or diamonds, fishing on the lake or ocean, working as a house servant, breaking e-waste for scrap metal, selling their bodies for sex, living in the garbage dumps, or farming crops when they could be getting education. The children’s lifestyle causes many issues for themselves and everyone living in the country. Children forced into harsh manual labor for extensive hours causes stunted and retarded growth, physical sores from the long hours in salt water, and death due to unsafe working conditions. Children collecting scrap in e-waste piles causes them to develop lung cancer, pneumonia, bronchitis, and blindness due to the chemicals released when the electronics are broken apart. The children working as housemaids are sometimes beaten and raped. Children working in the sex industry are forced to have sex with multiple people in one day, given drugs and alcohol, and beaten. Children hawking on the streets are often taken by a thug and taught to do violent criminal acts. Letting kids remain in these conditions causes illiteracy, social vices, crime, and unstable family units.
Statistics speak for themselves
mln+ orphans in Ghana
% of Ghanaians are under 18
The cycle of poverty has to be broken to help these children. AH3B wants to help every child that we possibly can and will not refuse any child. We plan to break the cycle of poverty for these children by drilling water wells, building a Father’s Home, and fostering business in Ghana. Drilling water wells will allow the children to stop spending their time searching for water. Those children will be able to attend school. Also, having the clean water will end a large percentage of child mortality, due to contaminated water. Fostering businesses will allow parents enough income to raise their children properly. This will end parents being faced with the challenging question of selling one or two children. Therefore, the flow of children workers into the economy, will slow down. This will lessen child deaths due to working extensive hours in harsh conditions and encourage the hiring of age qualified workers. Also, parents will be able to raise their own children. Therefore, the family unit will remain stable for current and future generations. AH3B will help keep as many children as possible living with their family unit. We will do this by helping the parents source income to care for their families. Furthermore, we will care for the homeless children by nurturing and raising them in a Father’s Home. We plan to build the Father’s Home as soon as we have funding as the big construction project. The Father’s Home is a self sufficient eco-system that gives back to the community. The environment will be suitable for children birth to adulthood. In the eco-system, children will have access to proper nutrition, clean water, clothing, sanitation, education, laughter, love, hope and family. We will raise children there as family; they will even be called sons and daughters. This vision of helping the children of Ghana starts with a free lunch program. All children in the community are allowed to come and eat lunch. At this time, they will be bathed if dirty and clothed if naked.
Millions of Ghanaians need work.
The need for organic business in Ghana is great. 45% of the nation’s citizens are without regular income. Even those that have steady employment, often receive very low wages. Ghanaians who run businesses do not have access to potable water. Therefore, they spend more time fetching water than fostering their own business. The need for organic business is even greater in the northern half of Ghana and rural villages all over the country. Many of the villagers leave their generational homes, looking for work in the city. The heavy migration to the nation’s capitol leaves a surplus of workers and few jobs for them, which results in low pay for those that do find work. Other effects of the need for business in Ghana include: children pulled out of schools to fetch water, people hawking goods on the streets, children being sold for cash, social vices, robbery, emotional disturbances, and family instability. These issues create a poor economy that needs our help. The greatest effect is abject poverty.
Statistics speak for themselves
USD, average daily income of a Ghanaian
% of Ghanaians are without steady income
AH3B will foster business in Ghana in several ways. The most immediate need is to give the country water; water will help existing businesses, help develop new business, and allow children to attend school. AH3B will help Ghana’s economy by fostering international business by making goods in Ghana and selling them in America. Giving potable water and fostering business will boost the economy, help end the poverty cycle, reduce illegal activity, strengthen the family unit, and ensure proper care for children.