The Light Foundation, Ghana (TLF), a not-for profit Organization working in the country to provide access to quality and portable drinking water to improve the livelihoods of deprived communities in partnership with Original Volunteers Ghana; has initiated a project dubbed “Purify Water for Safety Pilot Project” to reach 1,000 community households in Ghana with improved water quality by use of TLF/OV filters. The “Purify water for safety pilot project” which is expected to reach 1,000 households with clean and improved quality water will also witness the distribution of 1,000 TLF/OV Community Filters among various communities within six regions by the end of phase two.
The Foundation has already chalked some level of success under the first phase of the project which resulted into a vast intervention in expanding clean water access to an estimated 800 individuals who previously lacked access to safe drinking water. The modus operandi in achieving results outlined by TLF Ghana and Original volunteers Ghana is through the use of a special device known as TLF/OV community filters. The device, developed by the team, has a unique physical membrane filters specially designed to separate sand, dissolved matter and impurities from water without electricity.
It has been designed specifically towards water improvement in rural areas where access to affordable and portable drinking water has been a problem therefore the need for water purification has become a necessity for survival for inhabitants to be free from diseases. Water crisis is said to be number one global risk based on impact to society (as a measure of devastation), and the 8 global risk based on likelihood (likelihood of occurring within 10 years) as announced by the World Economic Forum, January 2015. It is said that more than 80 percent of people in Ghana have access to safe water, but only 13 percent of people have access to improved sanitation.
According to Water Aid, 80% of all diseases in Ghana are caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation which makes the situation very frightening Research has also shown that dependency on unsafe water sources is higher in rural areas. Due to drinking contaminated water, diarrhea disease is the third most commonly reported illness at health centres across the country and 25 percent of all deaths in children under the age of five are attributed to diarrhea. Diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation, and hand hygiene kills an estimated 842,000 people every year globally, or approximately 2,300 people per day. It is even shocking to note that 82% of those who lack access to improved water live in rural areas, while just 18% live in urban areas. According to Hawa Suleimana Issah, Programs Manager of The Light Foundation, Ghana, the phase two of the project will see the distribution of 1,000 TLF/OV filters as a results of findings during the baseline survey conducted in Kwahu East and South Constituencies located in the Eastern Region.