Lack of Collecting Tank results in Water Scarcity
For some while now the villagers of Shisong have been slow in realizing the final phase of their water project. A situation that is affecting the community so much that there is water scarcity. This was particularly noticed during peak dry season (February and March) Increased efforts to raise funds for the construction of water collecting tank has been slow. The project which was started with a lot of enthusiasm is experiencing some difficulties due to poverty and donor fatigue. The villagers have been doing voluntary work, donating cash, food and drinks for the project. Its for these reasons that Mr Wanyu with determination said ‘Am very worried about this water project and do not know where to begin again, but we must do something to improve the situation.’
After a long recess of six months the inhabitants of Shisong turn out in great numbers to continue work on their water project. This happen after an executive meeting . Almost every male in the neighborhood turn out for the work with their Pig axes , spades and Machetes. These tools made it possible for work to advanced faster. The lead volunteers were clearing the grass while others were digging trenches
Some of the community dwellers who were not able to part of the work supplied foodstuff and palmwine. Unlike in other places where workers have coffee break we had palm wine break . Palm wine is a natural drink that gives lots of energy. So it was common place to see workers serious at one end and others with cups at the other end.
A distance of two kilometers was covered in two days. ‘Mr Vitalis Ban was so happy and upon addressing the crowd reiterated that they shall stop at nothing until they distributed to the various quarters.’
For some while now the Shisong Water Management committee have been working very hard, with instructions from the Water Technician to raise funds to buy material for the project. Recently we received funds to acquire Sand to add to Gravel and Stones. With these materials now available construction of the tank is soon to begin. Thanks to Globalgiving funds. ‘We remain very happy for this gesture’ says Mr Ernest Suika, one of the leading labourers of the project. We are soon to organize the carrying of the sand to the site proper, within the next weeks.Mr Lukong Emmanuel was nearby to confirm his readiness too.
Report on Shisong project
The ever increasing water scarcity, recently provoked the inhabitants of Shisong village to harnessed their on spring water. After construction of the collection chambers progress, is being made with the digging of trenches and piping to the Tank site. All efforts are now to construct the Tank and so far the foundation has been dug, alongside materials to be used like Gravel and Stones. Construction of the Tank is to begin after being delayed by the heavy rains, and digging of trenches to continue the distribution of the water to the various public stand taps. There is still lack of Cement and pipes to complete the project. The management of the water scheme and the people of Shisong are very thankful to all their benefactors through GlobalGiving.
Safe Drinking Water for Shisong Village For decades the inhabitants of Shisong in the North West Region of Cameroon, made up of five different quarters and a population over 7,000, have been victims of unsafe drinking water. This problem is very evident during the dry season lasting for five months. As a community we have decided to take alternate measures to change this pressing matter. As a community, we have decided to make our own water catchment using a natural spring source. Every week members of Shisong (and other near-by villages) have been working very hard to make this dream of having safe drinking water into a reality. The community volunteers have been working on digging the spring source to harness the water to the collection tank, and then to the control chamber. Trenches have also been dug out for the water pipes so the water can run to the main tank site. Through community volunteering the main tank site has been excavated and prepared for construction. The community have been doing continuous fund raising efforts in order to purchase materials to construct the main tank site including sand, gravel, stones, rods, and cement. After the completion of the water tank the community will continue with more digging of trenches in order to distribute water into all of the quarters of Shisong, and construct public taps in particular areas of the village. This project has brought the inhabitants of Shisong together as one to reach a community goal, with virtually every member of the community having contributed in some way. Many individuals have volunteered for the labour of the project, many have donated money, and also contributing food and drinks to the labourers. Currently this project is moving the right direction, thanks to the community coming together and working together. However the completion of this project is hindered mainly on the lack of funds, even after a lot of fund raising by the community. The inhabitants of Shisong would like to thank you in advance for any contribution you give, and for helping our dream become a reality.
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