Thanks to support from Newman's Own Foundation, communities in India and Ghana have access to safe, clean water.
One in four people live without access to safe water. Paul Newman co-founded Safe Water Network with the idea that safe water transforms lives. When communities get clean water, they live healthier lives with more time to work, grow food, and go to school. Safe Water Network provides communities and entrepreneurs in the developing world with the support and resources to build, own, and operate water enterprises that last for years to come.
In the West African nation of Ghana, more than 8 million people do not have reliable access to clean drinking water. The surface water in this tropical climate is contaminated with waste — from humans, animals, farms, and factories. Experts say drinking dirty water causes 70 percent of diseases there.
But Safe Water Network is trying to change that by creating ways to bring clean, affordable drinking water to more than one million people in Ghana and in India.
"We had issues of water in the past because the only source of water is a dam that is far from us," says Noah Ashong Amando (pictured), who lives in Obeyie, Ghana.
"Getting water was very difficult in the past," says Safe Water Network customer Ama Amponsah, also in Ghana. "We get water from dug holes. This resulted in all kinds of diseases affecting my family. Then Safe Water Network set up this water facility and we were happy. It really helped us."
By working with public and private organizations, Safe Water Network is able to improve the lives of millions of people and counting.