June 29, 2006
"Water and Sanitation is one of the primary drivers of public health. I often refer to it as "Health 101", which means that once we can secure access to clean water and to adequate sanitation facilities for all people, irrespective of the difference in their living conditions, a huge battle against all kinds of diseases will be won."
Dr LEE Jong-wook, Director-General, World Health Organization.
"We shall not finally defeat AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, or any of the other infectious diseases that plague the developing world until we have also won the battle for safe drinking water, sanitation and basic health care."
Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General
"The human right to water entitles everyone to sufficient, safe, acceptable, physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic uses"
General Comment No. 15 (2002): The Right to Water.
The Global Water Foundation was set up as a charitable trust with the exclusive purpose of the trust being to raise public awareness, provide technical assistance, support knowledge sharing, support technical innovation and research and facilitate the provision of humanitarian aid throughout the developing world. The ultimate goal of the trust is to provide safe, healthy drinking water and adequate sanitation in areas where it is not available or where accessibility and supply have been compromised. With this exclusive focus coupled with the dire state of poverty, disease and the high mortality rate of children in poor developing countries, the establishment of this charitable trust is long overdue.
The Global Water Foundation is in the service of humanity: to help make the world a better place, a healthier place, a safer place and ultimately a place of peace and prosperity. All projects and programs funded by the GWF have the same goal: to make the world a better place for all.
The following programs are the initial programs to be supported by the GWF:
- African Schools Water, Sanitation and Nutrition Program: This is an all Africa program to provide water, sanitation and nutrition in schools. A program of similar proportions and approach is currently being implemented in South Africa and it is ready to be implemented in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. Ministerial approval had been obtained. The Global Water Foundation is raising funds for the hardware (technical and construction) components of implementation of ablution blocks and water systems and for the software (social mobilization, training and education) components of health and hygiene education and technical assistance to the Ministries to implement the program.
- Health and Hygiene Education in East Africa: Water borne diseases kill millions of children every day, every week, every year in Africa. The Global Water Foundation is raising funds for education campaigns to help eradicate this source of contamination.
- Pasteurization of Borehole Water: The University of Pretoria in South Africa has developed a most unique and very cheap way of cleaning contaminated borehole water suitable for drinking. This innovation costs $0.53 per person per year and it provides between 500 and 1000 liters of water per day depending on the size. It costs $22.00 to install and has no moving parts, thus requires no on-going maintenance. The Global Water Foundation is raising funds to establish SMMEs throughout the African continent to manufacture and install the pasteurization system at borehole water points.
Collaboration with reputable international networking organizations such as the International Water Association (IWA), the Global Water Partnership (GWP), the International Water Secretariat and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), amongst others, is very important for the Foundation. The intention is not to duplicate work already undertaken by well-established organizations, but to fulfill a complimentary role and render a service where the need is felt most; i.e. in the area of social entrepreneurship, innovation, and financial support.
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