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Water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of people, an alarming figure that is projected to rise as temperatures do. Although 2.1 billion people have improved water sanitation since 1990, dwindling drinking water supplies are affecting every continent. More and more countries including Cameroon are experiencing water stress, and increasing drought and desertification is already worsening these trends. By 2050, it is projected that at least one in four people will suffer recurring water shortages.
Water is a vital source for livelihood. Man needs water for almost 80% of his activities. Cameroon is blessed with abundant water, from sources like streams, rivers, springs, rain, lakes and from the ocean. For man to use this water, it needs to be made potable to use conveniently. The Government of Cameroon has done much to assure portable water in Cameroon. But unfortunately the rural population which makes 60% of the total population has benefited very little from this effort.
For humanity, the poverty of a large percentage of world’s population is both a symptom and a cause of water crisis. Recent estimates suggest that climate change will account for about 20% of the increase in global water scarcity.
According to UNICEF only 44% of people in rural areas of Cameroon, have access to safe drinking water, and nearly ½ of the people in developing countries suffer from a health problem caused by water and sanitation deficits.
Water covers 71% of the earth surface area, and when you move from one area to the other there is water every world but no drop to drink in the name of pure and clean water.
To ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all through the provision of potable water and construction of toilets with hand washing facilities for rural and urban poor communities, health centers and schools.
H4BF donates two Borehole water systems to Kishong Community Development School . Did you know that availability of water in school environments play a very important role in the academic performance of students? On any given day in Cameroon, over 10 million public school students spend a significant portion of their day in school environments. Exposure to environmental hazards in these environments can negatively impact the health of students and school staff as well. Studies have also shown that poor indoor environments such as lack of access to portable water in schools have negative impacts on teacher productivity and student performance.
It is against this backdrop that Hope for a Better future (H4BF) Cameroon together with her partners have embarked on supporting secondary schools around Cameroon with portable water boreholes systems. They recently donated two borehole water wells to a local secondary school in kishong village-in the outskirts of Kumbo town in the north west region of Cameroon to help students have proper access to water for sanitary purposes and help fight the prevalence of water related illnesses among students and school staffs.
The ‘drink clean and safe’ campaign was launched in June 2014 by the executive director of H4BF, Mr Ngo Abdula Banfogha as a medium to reach out to communities in rural and urban centers where access to water resources are a serious problem. The main goal of this project is to reach out to over 10 million people who have limited access to portable water due to distance, handicap inabilities or negligence from government or due to environmental factors such as changes in climate. Each year 10 communities are selected and funds raised via grant seeking for implementation