Problem

Water is one of the most valuable and influential natural resources because of its domestic and industrial importance. Access to safe water is essential to sustain life and indispensable for a healthy and dignified life. Unfortunately, according to UNICEF, only 44% of people in rural areas of Cameroon have access to safe drinking water. Many communities rely on doubtful water sources which at times are shared with animals. Moreover, women and children trek long distances to get drinking water; wasting valuable time which could be used for economic and academic pursuits.

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.