85% of your donation gets to the needy beneficiaries

How do we address the concerns of various scholars who have reported on the opportunities and challenges of the Millenium Development goals (MDGs)? – Scholars such as Paul Coullier, Dambisa Moyo, Jeffrey Sachs, Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson who researched on International Aid and its effectiveness for the developing world. The Kenyan author Dambisa Moyo is convinced that Aid does not benefit the intended beneficiaries and Paul Coullier appeals to the International Donor Community that Aid can benefit the intended beneficiaries if it is delivered in the form of a Marshall Plan. Jeffrey Sachs argued that Aid is the only way to end poverty in the developing world whilst Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson concluded that without the fundamentals for good governance, Nations will continue to fail no matter the amount of Aid support.

I am a development practitioner and my career ambition is to be remembered for my passionate contribution to develop Africa. I am practically convinced International Aid can significantly contribute to end poverty when Aid Organizations and their Staff ensure that 85% of Aid gets to the intended beneficiaries.

I am convinced that Aid can capture and sentence poverty to death if it is well spent. To prove my conviction that Aid works for the poor, I founded Kalabash Aid as a National Ghanaian NGO with the mandate to receive Aid money and apply it on projects that benefit beneficiaries. Over the past years of active work, I can testify that when 85% of Aid money is spent on the target beneficiaries, the time frame to achieve “The Future We Want” could be shorter. I encourage your organization to partner with Kalabash Aid to ensure 85% of your donation gets to the target beneficiaries in Ghana and across Africa to develop poor and marginalized Africans.

Justin Abavere ADONADAGA, Founder and Managing Director

Why our focus is on CLEAN WATER SUPPLY

Water is life. People struggle to access water for drinking, cooking, bathing, handwashing, and growing their food. Without clean and easily accessible water, families and communities are locked in poverty. Women and children are the most affected — children because they’re more vulnerable to diseases caused by dirty water, and women and girls because they often bear the burden of carrying water for their families.

  • The average woman in rural Africa walks 6 kilometers every day to haul 40 pounds of water. The United Nations estimates that Sub-Saharan Africa alone loses 40 billion hours per year collecting water; that’s the same as a whole year’s worth of labor by France’s entire workforce. An estimated $260 billion is lost globally each year due to lack of basic water and sanitation. Access to clean water changes everything; it’s a stepping-stone to development.
  • The latest report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reveal that: An estimated 785 million people lack access to clean water globally. An estimated 40% of the 783 million people who are without access to clean water globally, live in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Sub-Saharan Africa, 66% of the people live in areas with little to no rainfall. According to CDP, the current global water available for human use will reduce by 40% in 2030. For many regions especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, Industries and Businesses that rely heavily on water will fold up by 2030 if action is not taken.  
  • Every day, more than 800 children under 5 years die from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and unsafe hygiene practices. Nearly 1 million people die each year from water, sanitation and hygiene-related diseases which could be reduced with access to safe water. Every 2 minutes a child dies from a water-related disease in our planet. Water related diseases are responsible for 80% of illnesses and deaths in developing countries according to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
  • In Ghana, an estimated 3600 children die annually from water and sanitation related diseases.
  • Global average spending on Health from 2000 to 2018 is $461 billion. An average of $368 billion is spent on water related healthcare annually within the period 2000-2018.
  • According to the World Health Organization, every $1 invested in water and sanitation generates an economic return of between $3 and $34. Achieving global access to basic water and sanitation would bring an estimated $18.5 billion in economic benefits each year from avoided deaths alone.
  • An estimated $114 billion is needed annually until 2030 to end the global water crisis captured under SDG Goal Number Six. However, in 2020, the total Official Development Assistance (ODA) hovers around $13 billion for water and sanitation. 

Why a focus on donations to solve the WATER CRISIS

  • In the year 2020, global Military Spending was estimated at $2 trillion according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) – USA spent $778 billion, China spent $261 billion, India spent $71 billion, and Russia Spent $65 billion.  Under 1% of global Military Expenditure sustained annually over the period of the SDGs can solve the global water crisis.
  • In 2014, the global cost of terrorism was estimated at $116 billion, just about the annual amount needed to end the global water crisis.
  • The USA alone spent 6.4 trillion on terrorism between 2001 and 2020. Half of this amount is needed to achieve all the SDGs by 2030.
  • In 2019, global consumer spending on ice cream totaled $218 billion with over 95% consumption within Europe and the USA. Half of this annual consumer expenditure is needed annually to end the water crisis by 2030.

These expenditures clearly show the enormous economic capacity of the Global North Countries to finance the water crisis for the Global South Countries but the political will remains rhetorical. According to the CDP, the global cost of inaction to address the water crisis could be five times the cost of action. The benefit of action could be ten times the cost of action for businesses and higher employment. Investing in water is the best medical advance since 1840 and it creates opportunity for jobs and development. Little drops can solve the water crisis in Ghana. Let us start giving – “Givers Never Lack”.

Samson Kofi Kpodonu, Executive Director

Legal Status

Kalabash Aid is a Ghanaian Company founded in 2015 under the Registrar General of Companies Code 1963 (Act 179) as a National Non-Governmental Organization (NNGO) and Non-Profit Organization (NPO) with Registered Number CG163862016 and Company Tax Identification Number C0005141575. The NGO is recognized and licensed by the National Department of Social Welfare as a Frontier in Rural and Transition Areas Water Supply, Water Service Delivery, and Water Facility Sustainable Management.

Non-Align Declaration

The NGO Is Non-Political, Non-Religious, Non-Tribal, And Non-Racial. Income generated by the NGO is not under any circumstance to be applied for political, religious, tribal, cultural or racial promotions or the personal use of the Executive Directors. The NGO is registered with the Ghana Revenue Authority, the Non-Profit Secretariat of the Social Welfare Department, the Public Procurement Act, the Labour Department, and the Social Security and National Insurance Trust.


Water for Rural and Transition Settlements in Ghana


Kalabash Aid is established primarily to support the Government of Ghana to develop and sustainably manage water supply for Rural and Transition Settlements. The NGO rely on National and International Donor Funds to provide water boreholes, community and small-town piped mechanized water systems for Low-Income Communities (LICs) in urban slums and rural areas of Ghana. The NGO put special focus on the sustainable operations and management of water facilities to ensure they remain functional over the long term. The NGO adopts capacity trainings, skills development, and social enterprise management models to promote the sustainable functionality of water facilities. Over the past years, the NGO provided over 50 water facilities across the country with most of the projects located in the Northern Ecological Zone of the country where physical water scarcity is felt most. To achieve effective implementation of water projects, the NGO partner with Government Agencies, Commissions, Authorities, and Organizations to provide water supply infrastructure, deliver capacity training, and support research for sustainable Rural and Transition Settlements Water Management. The NGO implement water projects in close cooperation with the Government of Ghana through the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) under the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) and relevant sector Institutions, Agencies, Authorities, and NGOs.

Funding sources

Donor Organizations, Embassies, High Commissions, Consulates, Private Companies, Religious Associations, Sporting Clubs, individual Philanthropists


The NGO partner with water sector Ministries, Agencies, and Institutions including The Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, The Ministry of Gender and Social Protection, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, The Ministry of Chieftaincy, The Presidential State Protocol Department in charge of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advisory Centre, The Community Water and Sanitation Agency, The Ghana Water Company Limited, The Environmental Protection Agency, The Water Resources Commission, The Water Research Institute, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and The Madina Institute of Science and Technology.

Board Chairman

John Alex Pwamang

Former CEO of Environmental Protection Agency


Justin Abavere Adonadaga

Managing Director


MSc. Water Management and Governance; MA in Conflict, Peace and Security; MSc. in Sustainable Development; Project Management Professional (PMP); BSc. Natural Resources Management

Alex Tenge

Manager - Administration and Finance


MBA. Finance; BSc. Administration and Marketing; HND Marketing

Kwaku Kwarteng

Consultant - Research and Training


MSC. Environmental Science; MSc. Industrial Mathematics; BSc. Mathematics.

Muhammed C. Abubakar

Consultant – Research and Training


MSc. Water Resources Management, MPhil. Land Use and Environmental Science, BSc. General Agriculture; HND Agriculture Engineering (Soil and Water Specialization)

Samuel Awuni

Communication and Public Relations

MSc. Development Communication; BSc. Communication Studies

Theophilus Turkson

ICT and Social Media.

Diploma in Accounting, Google Digital Marketing Certified, Google search Console Certified, Google My business Certified, Google Analytics Certified, SEO Expert, Web Developer.