Fountains of hope in Ghana

Ellie Tang, HSBC Water Programme Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator

In Ghana, the issues of water and sanitation have been overlooked by the government and the public. Open defecation is a traditional practice but also a cultural taboo. People avoided public discussion of this subject, and it therefore has taken a back seat on the development agenda. Coupled with river diversion over time, faeces and effluent are flushed by rainwater into slow-flowing constructed lakes, where people fetch drinking water and fish.

Mothers and daughters in Ghana

By Judy Foote Besides my job as Senior Communications Manager for the HSBC Water Programme, one of my other jobs (I have many ‘jobs’) is mother to Anna, who is 15 (going on 25). This is a blog with my ‘mother’ hat on.

Ghana blog: Commitment to children is ‘universal language’

As the Ghana trip continues, I’m increasingly aware of the fortitude of the Ghanaian people. I am also keenly aware that while I may not understand the languages, the desire for a better life for children and grandchildren is a “universal language” which needs no words.

Whether it is school children who have no running water or latrines, or a mother and father who sacrifice to send their children away for a more conducive learning environment, the people here have a great commitment for a better life.

Ghana: Water, water everywhere – but not a (safe) drop to drink

By Sabrin Rahman

As we sat, exhausted and emotionally overwhelmed, the heavens opened up and rain was thundering down around us. Ironically, we were here to witness the work of the HSBC Water Program and from what we could see, there was no shortage of water. Little did we know that water availability doesn’t always mean that such water is safe to drink.

First day in Ghana – always the sun

By Judy Foote