HSBC Water Programme: From Malta to Ghana

A team of WaterAid supporters from HSBC Malta are visiting projects in Ghana this week to see the difference that WaterAid, with the help of the HSBC Water Programme, is making to communities, individuals and local economies.


18 Nov 2013

In Ghana, 3.5 million people lack access to safe water and a staggering 87% of the population do not have adequate sanitation. It is estimated that globally, 4,000 children under the age of five die from preventable diarrhoea every year, largely because of poor sanitation and hygiene.

The team from Malta will experience WaterAid's work first-hand in the Northern and Upper Eastern regions of Ghana.

Claire Pearson, HSBC Water Programme Manager at WaterAid, said: "The support to WaterAid from HSBC Malta has been extraordinary. They are the first HSBC country to commit to raising funds for a new project for the HSBC Water Programme planned for 2014.

"They are also a pioneer of the first WaterAid Volunteer Speaker Network outside of the UK. It's incredibly exciting to work with such an enthusiastic team and they are really setting the standard for others to hopefully follow."

On their return to Malta, the team of HSBC employees will deliver talks about their experiences to colleagues, community groups, schools and businesses through the Speaker Network.

The HSBC Water Programme (2012-2016) is a five-year, $100 million, partnership working with three organisations: WaterAid, WWF and Earthwatch.

With WaterAid, the programme aims to reach 1.1 million people with safe water and 1.9 million with sanitation across six countries: Ghana and Nigeria in West Africa, and Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan in South Asia.

In Ghana, the programme aims to reach 120,000 people with safe water and 800,000 people with sanitation in Tamale, Bolgatanga, Wa Muicipal, Birim North and Kwahu Afram Plains.

You can follow their progress at