Cameroon regularly experiences dangerous outbreaks of cholera due the lack of safe clean water. Shisong, a community of around 10,000; have begun to build a safe and clean water distribution system. The project is designed to capture spring water in the hills high and pipe the water the 8.4 Km to the town. The community has already built three spring catchments basins and laid 2 KM of piping. Funding is required to complete the piping, to build a storage tank and to build 30 standpipes.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The Shisong community does not have a safe and consistent means of water. During the dry season water to the community can be shut off for months without any notice and prices have steadily risen making it unaffordable for the average family. When water is not available families must travel kilometers each morning to collect water from spring sources. This puts a heavy burden on women and children who are responsible for water collection.
How will this project solve this problem?
This project will establish and build a community water supply system, run by a local elected committee, to provide safe and conveniently accessible water to all of the Shisong community. The project will fund a large storage tank that will hold enough water for all of the dry season, and will build 30 stand pipes so every member of the community will have a water supply close to their homes.
Potential Long Term Impact
Once completed, the project will provide clean water to the community for years to come. Access to clean water will result in an improvement in the health of the members of the community. In addition, easy access to water will free members of the community to be employed on more productive projects. The community has elected a local committee to oversee all aspects of the project ensuring that all members of the community will benefit from the project.
Total Funding Received to Date: $6,554
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $19,946
Total Funding Goal: $26,500