​​World Class-Ghana, Inc.

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While the need for other things in greater Amasaman is enormous, World Class believes that the need for clean water and sanitation is absolutely the most compelling need. Although providing access to clean water and sanitation benefits everyone in the community, it is especially meaningful to the lives of women and children.  They are the ones responsible for the arduous task of fetching water.  The hours they spend on this task comes at the expense of school attendance and other productive work.  A lack of sanitary facilities means recourse to the bush where women and girls are at risk of sexual assault. Where schools lack facilities, girls choose to skip school while menstruating.  The lack of clean water and sanitation is the direct cause of diarrheal diseases in children, the second leading cause of death for children under five. Access to clean water and sanitation assures better health, saves labor, and promotes human dignity. As many in greater Amasaman have told us water (and adequate sanitation which assures that the water is clean) is life.

Why Water and Sanitation?

Sanitation


​Did you know?

“…The method of disposing of excreta is one of the strongest determinants of child survival: the transition from unimproved to improved sanitation reduces overall child mortality by a third.”

2.6 billion people in the world are without sanitation. 1 person in 3 in sub-Saharan Africa 

Sanitation reduces disease by 40%, whereas access to clean 
water reduces it by only 20%

$1 invested in sanitation saves $7 in medical costs.

At the current rate of progress, sub-Saharan Africa will meet the MDG goals for water in 2040 and for sanitation in 2076.


source: UN Summary of the Human Development Report 2006

​​Water


Did you know?

Fetching water is the work of women and children. 443 million school days are lost to fetching and illness and millions of women toil for several hours each day fetching water.

Loss of life due to lack of access to clean water far exceeds the casualties of violence, conflict, terrorism, and HIV/AIDS combined.

1.8 million children die annually due to diarrheal illness which is a direct result of a lack of access to clean water. (second to respiratory diseases)

Most of the world’s poorest people use less than 1 1/2 gallons ofwater a day. In Europe people use an average of 58 gallons and in the US, 116 gallons. 

The Millenium Development Goal (MDG) for water is to halve the number of people without access to clean water by 2015 and provide 5.8 gallons of clean water per person per day.

The cost of achieving this is $10 billion dollars per year which is the cost of what the world spends on military spending for 5 days. It is 50% of what the affluent world pays per year for bottled water!

source: UN Summary of the Human Development Report 2006