165,000 People have access to clean water from our 84 water systems
Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa will never be solved until her people have access to clean water—truly the first building block ofself-reliance. In many African countries, 70 percent of all diseases are caused by unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation conditions. In Ghana, over six million people rely on surface water for their daily needs and more than half lack adequate toilet facilities. Engage Now Africa has provided bore holes and other water systems in vulnerable communities where more than 165,000 people live. We have completed large water systems in Ethiopia where the challenge is just as great. Accessible, clean water alleviates disease, allows children time to attend school and greatly strengthens self-reliance. It also is one of the best investments you can make. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that every dollar spent on clean water projects yields $4 in economic return. Those who provide water to the thirsty are literally treated as heroes by recipients.
6,000 latrines constructed
ENA began teaching the value of sanitation and personal hygiene to village elders in the Great Rift Valley in Ethiopia. Understanding how vital this effort was for the health of their people, the elders adopted the practices we taught, and with our assistance built latrines for their families. The elders became the trainers, and this train-the-trainer model began a transformational era where more than 6,000 latrines and wash stations were constructed. Today, village elders assign men to continue the village training and latrine construction. ENA built upon this foundation to build community latrines where families could share a facility, and also public latrines located in large market areas where thousands of people gather to buy and sell their goods. We have similarly engaged communities in Sierra Leone and Ghana, providing families access to safe and secure bathroom facilities, greatly reducing the spread of disease and improving the quality of life.