FWD: help stop the privatizing of Ghana's water
> PLEASE FORWARD TO FRIENDS & COPY US at: capofwater@ netscape.net
> " Sometimes I will go without food so my grandchildren have water,"
> says Amadu. "Water comes before food."
> Dear Friends,
> At the instigation of the IMF [International Monetary
> Fund] and World Bank, the Government of Ghana has embarked on
> a hasty privatisation programme of the country's public urban
> water system without proper public consultation. Already, the
> prospect of privatisation has resulted in a 95 percent hike in
> water fees and it is feared that the takeover by the exclusively
> foreign multinational bidders will severely reduce access for
> the poor and marginalized communities.
> Privatisation will hit poor families hard, says Christian
> Aid's report (see below), a view supported by a diverse array
> of international non-governmental organizations, including Public
> Citizen (US), the International Water Working Group, Africa Action
> (USA), and Water Aid (UK).
> The IMF, World Bank and DFID disagree. They insist
> that every citizen should pay the full 'market price' for water
> but 70% of Ghanaians earns less than a dollar a day and cannot
> afford it. Moreover, over 30% do not even have access to safe
> drinking water. With privatisation, it is feared that this percentage
> will increase. More poor families will be forced to travel farther
> and work harder to collect water possibly from polluted streams
> and rivers. And they will be forced to make daily trade-offs
> between water, food, schooling and health care. Worse still their
> children will fall sick and die from the many illnesses caused
> by drinking unsafe water.
> Poor people are resisting. The National Coalition Against
> the Privatisation of Water, popularly called CAP of WATER has
> been formed by a broad range of civil society groups and organizations
> to stop the arm twisting by the IMF, the World Bank and DFID
> and the multinational water companies. The CAP of WATER campaign
> is demanding;.
> a) proper consultation with civil society, and b) a
> serious examination of the reform options. CAP of WATER has called
> for an international fact finding mission, which is due to visit
> Ghana next month.
> Please join the campaign by;
> 1. Sending this message to friends. Please copy us at:
> <capofwater@ netscape.net>
> Every message is great news to the campaign.
> 3. observing the UN day for Water (Friday 22 March)
> with a local CAP of Water event of your own.
> 4. URGENTLY sending a fax or e-mail to the following
> people, urging them to stop the hasty privatisation of Ghana's
> water in order to prevent more people falling into deeper poverty
> and disease. Please copy your message to us at: <capofwater@ netscape.net>
> His Excellency Mr. J.A. Kufuor, President of Ghana
> Tel: 233-21-676923/4 ext. 110
> Fax: 233-21-676934 or 233-21-666528
> Peter Harold, World Bank Representative,
> Ghana P. O. Box M27 - Ministries
> Accra, Ghana
> Tel: 233-724/22037
> Fax: 233-72-227887
> Email: pharrold@ worldbank.org
> 'The right to water is a fundamental, God-given right
> to all people that dwell on this earth.' - Christian Council
> of Ghana.
> SUPPORT the CAP of WATER campaign
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