Problem

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.

Objective

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.

How it works:

  1. Provision of potable water through either gravity, protected wells and boreholes to rural and urban poor communities, schools and health centers
  2. Training of water management committees on sustainable water management
  3. Protection of water catchments through tree planting.

The Story

H4BF donates two Borehole water systems to Kishong Community Development SchoolDid 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) cooperative society through her community development wing and 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. According to the management team of H4BF, the wells have been donated with respect to the ‘Drink Clean and Safe’ campaign which is an extension project of their ‘give back’ to the community initiative which seeks to reach out and create an ‘access and benefit sharing’ platform where the communities where they work have a share of the benefits the cooperative has and the urge to promote good health and a sustainable relationship towards water resources.

The ‘drink clean and safe’ campaign was launched some years back 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.

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