Well, actually it was a commissioning ceremony…Congrats go to the Kumasi East Rotary Club and their Canadian partners from Rotary clubs Cornwall Sunrise (District 7040), Richmond Hill (District 7080) and Oakville (District 7070), all in Ontario, that have been working hard to provide sanitary facilities and wells in villages in five districts around Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Thus far, 4 six seater “state of the art” commodes
have been built in four communities along with 14 wells and another 10 refurbished in 24 other communities.
Present at the ceremony were local officials, the local committee responsible for maintenance
and upkeep, members of the Kumasi East Club and two representatives from Cornwall Sunrise Rotary Club Bette Miller, Past District Governor and Katie Burke, District Governor Elect.
APPENDUM: I just bought the book FROM POVERTY TO POWER: HOW ACTIVE CITIZENS AND EFFECTIVE STATES CAN CHANGE THE WORLD by Duncan Green, published by Oxfam International in 2008.
Here’s what’s said about water and sanitation in the introduction entitled “THE UNEQUAL WORLD”:
“Poor health is compounded by dirty water. Another 1.2 billion people have gained access to clean water over the past decade, but a further 1.1 billion still lack access to safe water and 2.6 billion have no access to improved sanitation. Diseases transmitted through water or human waste are the second biggest cause of death among children worldwide, after respiratory tract infection. The overall death toll: an estimated 3,900 children every day.”