Saha Global announces it will extend its Emergency Water Fund program in response to President Nana Akufo-Addo’s January 3, 2021 proclamation that free water be extended for “lifeline customers.” These customers consume less than 5 cubic liters each month, so all communities served by Saha community water business qualify for the initiative. This extension of the free water program directly responds to the government’s efforts to support the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The original Emergency Water Fund, which was originally set to expire at the end of 2020, supported clean water businesses active in 225 rural communities in Northern and Savannah Regions of Ghana. In a statement from Tamale, Director of Ghana Operations Theo Boateng says, “as an organization, we are glad we are able to continue supporting our community partners and the Government of Ghana so we can all make it through this pandemic together.”
Clean water is a basic human right, necessary for health. Saha works in small rural communities that do not have pipe systems or other options for clean water. Since 2008, Saha has trained over 700 women entrepreneurs to treat their surface water to make it safe to drink. After businesses open, Saha continues to provide business training and support for at least 10 years.