The halting statistics tell an unfortunate story for people in Ghana, a country tucked in the coast of the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa. Though the country’s southern border stretches along the Atlantic Ocean, clean, drinkable water is scarce and largely accountable for the low life expectancy there—59 years on average.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2008, 9.5 percent of the deaths of children under age 5 in Ghana were caused by diarrheal diseases, which could have been easily prevented with access to clean water. At that rate, approximately 418 of the 588,000 children born in Ghana this year will die because of inadequate access to clean water.
Sanita Dhaubanjar ’13, an engineering major, aims to do something about the grim situation. Dhaubanjar will travel to northern Ghana on December 30 as a fellow with Community Water Solutions (CWS), a nonprofit organization that starts water treatment businesses in communities in developing countries. During her month-long stay, she and three other CWS fellows will use their training in engineering to design a village-specific water treatment system and center for a community of 500-1,000 people in need of safe drinking water. Read the complete story on The Gate.