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Propects for GWSF for 2009

Hello Friends,

I wish you all a happy 2009 and I hope that we shall use the year to make some progress in Global Water Problems and Solutions.

I just want all of you to join us to make a 2009 a year to remember.

I think even with the Global Economic Crisis there is still much we can do.

We have all heard about the Zimbabwe Water and Sanitation crisis as global citizens what can we do in the new hear to help especially the women and children.

Under the GWSF we wish to take some actions. Please let us try to preach and act. This should be our watch word for 2009.

I wish you all a happy 2009.



Hello Water Friends,
It’s a Water Celebration for 2009.

My name is Ms Rosemary Olive Mbone Enie, I am a Cameroonian Geologist and Gender Ambassador of the Gender and Water Alliance. I have been in the water sector for the past 17 year and for me water means life, sanitation means dignity and information means knowledge. As the topical curator of the Global Water Sustainability Forum (GWSF) of the pulse wire, I have the opportunity to share ideas, exchange knowledge and seek for solutions for water and sanitation issues that affect communities especially in the developing countries. This has given me the opportunity to travel across Africa and other continents. My basic worries are the 300 million Africans who do not have access to clean/safe water and the 313 million Africans who lack basic sanitation. I have therefore set up the Community Health Education and School Sanitation (CHESS) Centre in Ghana to assist community across Africa gain access to clean and safe water and adequate sanitation. I was born to middle class parents growing up in Victoria Cameroon. As a child I never saw the evil side of lack of access to clean / safe water and adequate sanitation but leaving home and attending a boarding high school the started seeing the challenges that people who lack these basic amenities lack. This has therefore give me the zeal to become a Gender and Water Ambassador and assist communities across Africa have access to these basic amenities. I am one of the authors of the Book “ Water Voices from Around the World” I am appealing to the global communities to pull our resources together and assist communities especially in developing countries have the right to clean/safe water and adequate sanitation too. As global citizens it is our duty to create a sustainable future for us and next generation. I want each of us reading this story to make a personal commitment to do something that would assist communities have access to this basic but important resource. We can all do something to make a difference and change the world. This would only happen unless we are committed to the task. Together we can make a change and help these vulnerable people across the world. Let us raise our voices and be counted as ambassadors for water. I see that added to the already visible water crisis climate change impact would even worsen situations especially in poor communities but we shall not sit and fold our hands.
Let us stand and be counted. We can all make a difference and help communties in developing countries have access to clean/safe water and adequate sanitation. During the World Water Day, I would like us to celebrate water; It’s a Water Celebration according to the song I wrote during the 2001 World Water Day. Come On People of the world and Let us celebrate water. The time has come and the time is now!!!

Ms Rosemary Olive Mbone Enie
Geologist/Gender Ambassador/GEN Ambassador
GEN Africa Council Member
Executive Director, Tanzania Women Miners Association (TAWOMA) Tanzania
International Coordinator
African Mayors Action on Climate Change (AMACC)

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