Cornelia Nketia mit ihren Söhnen Dominic, 11 und Ransford, 3
Today, Cornelia and others can pay a modest usage fee for clean, potable water, thanks to the water treatment center her community received through The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation and USAID’s Water and Development Alliance (WADA). The alliance also provided improved sanitation facilities to schools and households.
Water Made CleanThe water center, which opened in May 2012, sources water from the same river, but treats it through a multi-step filtration process, which meets World Health Organization (WHO) standards. Cornelia and other community members arrive early each morning, carrying containers of various shapes and sizes with their money in hand, ready to purchase clean water.
Das Asukawaw Wasserzentrum
“The difference between the river water and the water facility is that the facility’s water is clean and safe for drinking and the river water is not,” she says.
Changes in the Making While Cornelia and others are ready to patronize the new
water center, some still continue to source water from the river.
Cornelia says these households know the water makes their families
sick, but that it will take time to change everyone’s behavior. For Cornelia and her household, the cost of
staying healthy outweighs the cost of the water. For others, it
will take time to see the situation through her eyes.
Asukawkaw is one of 16 communities in Ghana that have benefited from these water treatment centers financed by The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation and its partners including USAID and the Diageo Foundation. Through the Safe Water for Africa initiative, The Coca-Cola African Foundation is working with its partners to raise $20 million to build up to 200 of these centers in Ghana, Nigeria and Liberia.