World Water Day has always been a day of celebration for Saha. Back in 2010, we celebrated the opening of our fifth water business. Ever since, we’ve hosted gatherings with our staff and women entrepreneurs at our office.
The last time we had one of these celebrations was two years ago. Our 2020 plans were finalized and ready to go but sadly cut off by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, our work remains social distanced to keep every one as safe as possible. Despite missing the party, we are all hard at work today to keep delivering clean water to the people who need it the most.
The Emergency Water Fund is coming to an end this month, so after 9 months of free water, our field staff and entrepreneurs are working together to get their communities ready to begin paying for water again. User fees are an important part of a sustainable clean water economy for all water enterprises, not just Saha businesses. It’s also dry season here in northern Ghana, so many dugouts and streams are beginning to dry, so many businesses will be on hold waiting until the rains start again in June or July. As the EWF winds down, our expansion plans are ramping up. With a small team we are ready to start opening new businesses in new villages. As we know, COVID-19 doesn’t lessen the need for clean water – it only highlights how crucial water is for health. With our COVID safety protocols, we are confident that we can open new businesses while keeping our staff and community partners safe. Luckily for us, almost all our work takes place outdoors!
Until next year, when we hope we can celebrate World Water Day properly, enjoy some images from previous parties!