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Water: Growing Global Challenge

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Water: Growing Global Challenge
Access to water for life is a basic human need and a fundamental human right. Yet in our largely prosperous world, more than 1 billion people people do not have access to clean water. So asserts the 2006 U.N. Human Development Report: Beyond Scarcity, Power, Poverty and the Global Water Crisis.Because it impacts the social and economic welfare of people from village to state, it is also becoming an important political issue.Mr. Opong has worked for over 25 years in international development and program management in developing countries, with a focus on water supply and sanitation programs. He most recently administered support for a 5-year Hilton Foundation and World Vision funded rural water program covering Ghana, Mali, Niger, South Africa and Namibia. From 1997-2002, he was Project Director for the World Vision Ghana Rural Water Project. He served earlier in his career as a consultant to UNICEF covering health care service in Central, Western, and Eastern regions of Ghana. Mr. Opong has an MPS in Agriculture from Cornell University.World Vision is one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the world. With a $1B budget, it operates on six continents, with a stated goal of "working for the well-being of all people, especially children."moreless
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