Apr 20, 2012
On Earth Day, which takes place each year on April 22nd, we recognize the importance of clean air, clean water, and the importance of maintaining the integrity of the natural world around us. CHF is working in many of its programs to promote environmental sustainability and contribute to the body of knowledge in regards to “green construction” practices. By implementing programs that are sustainable and “green,” we are helping the communities in which we work improve their surroundings and their environment. West Bank and Gaza—Safeer Children’s Center In the West Bank, CHF’s green construction initiatives are creating a model for the future of environmentally sustainable buildings in the Middle East. The Safeer Children’s Center incorporated... Read more
Mar 22, 2012
World Water Day is held annually on March 22nd to recognize the importance of water in our world and advocate for the sustainable management of water resources. CHF Honduras Water Harvesting Project Wins Global Award 
Our Millennium Challenge Corporation-Funded water harvesting project in Honduras won the Actions in Water and Climate Change Adaptation Prize last week. The project worked with rural farmers in Southern Honduras to build reservoirs that can be used to irrigate crops throughout the dry season, improving their productivity and economic security. Read more about the project and the award here
  Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge
One of every two people on the... Read more
May 18, 2021
Years of effort and focus by the Government of Ghana and its partners have yielded significant improvements in the country’s child morbidity and mortality rates. Still, every year, at least 4,000 Ghanaian children die from diarrhea, and 23% experience chronic malnutrition linked to poor water and sanitation.1 To help improve these numbers, USAID funded the seven-year Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Health (W4H) project to establish sustainable access to dignified, safe, and improved water supply and sanitation, and to promote behaviors and attitudes necessary for healthy lifestyles in Ghana. The project... Read more
Apr 06, 2021
Global Communities Ghana has signed a five-year partnership with the Gold Fields Ghana Foundation to help meet the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs of selected communities from two mining towns in the Western Region. As part of the partnership, Global Communities will plan and implement WASH infrastructure projects in underserved communities that have struggled to access clean water. Global Communities will provide technical and financial support around Behavior Change Communication (BCC) and implement capacity building and Social BCC activities to ensure sustainability of the infrastructure projects. Global Communities will also supervise construction to ensure it complies with all Government of Ghana laws, codes and regulations, as well as the Foundation’s and USAID... Read more
Apr 06, 2021
For several decades, Global Communities and PCI, a Global Communities Partner, have taken a comprehensive, integrated approach to health programming. The merger of Global Communities and PCI one year ago coincided with the onset of the pandemic, and its responses are well informed by the rich history in health programming that each organization brought to the merger itself. Our responses to the coronavirus also reinforce the importance of our broader health programming, with an emphasis on social mobilization and health behavior change. The needs brought into focus by COVID-19 have reinforced the importance of our water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programming, prioritizing community engagement, strong local partnerships, and long-term sustainability, everywhere we work. Additionally,... Read more
Mar 26, 2021
Traditional community-based rural water systems with their shallow wells and handpumps often do not provide sustainable water services. Pumps often break down and wells dry up; alternative water sources are frequently contaminated. This was the situation in Kalba, Ghana, a farming community with about 4,500 residents in 520 households. Kalba had ten shallow wells (boreholes), seven with handpumps and three privately owned. Unfortunately, almost all of them dried up during the dry season and the hand pumps were in a deplorable state. The community turned to hand-dug wells, streams and dams, until they too dried up. Kalba was a good candidate for a new approach to sustainable water services, the Small Town Water System funded by USAID Wash for Health Project. Now completed, the water system... Read more
Mar 23, 2021
This commentary is by Eddy Perez, Global Communities Technical Director for Water and Sanitation I was wrong about water supply and sanitation in the United States. When I volunteered in Honduras as a civil engineer with the U.S. Peace Corps in the mid-1970s, I believed that water supply and sanitation needs in the United States were well taken care of and that my skills and passion would be best used working in developing countries. I have since learned that there are significant numbers of underserved people in the United States who do not have equitable access to safe drinking water supply and/or safely managed sanitation. The more that I learn about the causes of the WASH problems and... Read more
Mar 15, 2021
Global Communities, under the USAID-funded Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for Health project has commissioned two Small Town Water Systems in Kalba and Tinjase in commemoration of the upcoming World Water Day. in the Savannah and Oti Regions. The Small Town Water Systems construction is part of a larger plan to provide potable water access under the WASH for Health project, which started in 2015.   Kalba & Tinjase Water Systems Both systems comprise the mechanization of two high-yielding boreholes with photovoltaic (Solar) as the primary source of energy. The boreholes' output is 568m3 per day and 630m3 per day for Kalba and Tinjase, respectively. Each community has 100,000 liters of elevated water storage tank at 12m above ground level. The water is pumped into... Read more
Mar 08, 2021
This article was originally published by GhanaWeb Global Communities, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has handed over a potable water system for the community of Tinjase, an expanding settlement near the Ghana-Togo border in the Nkwanta North District of the Oti Region. The small town water supply system, the first of its kind in the community, is a 2.3 million USD project funded by the USAID under its WASH for Health programme and comprises a 100,000-litre storage tank that is connected to eight standpipes strategically distributed. The water is sourced by mechanised boreholes integrated with photovoltaic systems, chlorinated and piped through over 11,000... Read more
Mar 05, 2021
This article was originally published on GhanaWeb A water system has been inaugurated at Kalba in the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba District of the Savannah Region to extend potable water to the people of the area and beyond. The gesture is part of an overall community support scheme to amongst others ensure improved hygienic behaviours. The water system consists of two mechanised boreholes with an integrated photovoltaic system, 100,000 litres elevated service tank, six standpipes and over 11,000 metres of transmission and distribution lines. The facility, which has been provided by Global Communities with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of the... Read more
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