Project #10388

Supply safe water to a Cameroonian farming village

by Green Care Assocation
Chair person of water scheme explains details
Chair person of water scheme explains details

For a while we have not been able to report on our water project. However, so much has been happening. We are sorry for the silence and wish to share that the project is ongoing and continue to be achieving its goals. The water management committee has been holding regular evaluation meetings. An outstanding the decision has been arrived on how to extend the scheme to various parts of the village as well as the community's contribution to the success of the project extension. It is for these reasons that the chairperson of the project Mr. Patrick during one of the meetings reiterated 'even though much remains to be done, I am happy, with the community's contribution and what our partners and friends like Green Care Association, Caritas Kumbo Diocese and Global Giving donors have done to us. As chairperson of the scheme I wish to take this opportunity to extent our heartfelt appreciation' The scheme is prospecting five more extensions within the communities before the start of the dry season to reduce water scarcity and water-related illnesses within the community. We remain proud and thankful to Global Giving donors for ever.

Community volunteers digging water pipelines
Community volunteers digging water pipelines
Children enjoy clean water proximity
Children enjoy clean water proximity
The newly elected president giving thanks
The newly elected president giving thanks

Election were held to expand the executive committee of the Shisong Water Association. The committee filled three new positions to be held by women and has diversified the executive committee to include members from every quarter. After elections, the general assemble gave appreciation to all volunteers who maintained fire breaks and cleared land for fire tracing this past month. The newly elected leaders than established a work plan and schedule for construction starting in 2015. “Our water scheme is moving on well especially now that we have established effective plan of work with time frames" said the newly elected internal auditor for the water association. Construction will begin on the storage tank in January 2015.

Community moving stones
Community moving stones

The Shisong community has become even more determined to see their water project to completion. Even with the lack of funds to purchase some necessary materials everyone is adamant that work must still continue.  Volunteer community labor is underway. Once a week the around 50 men, women and youths trek to the storage take to move stones and gravel to the proposed construction site. The community will continue to do work in anticipation for the completion of the storage tank. There is still a great need for funds to by cement and pipe. Everyone from Shisong thanks you for your support and generosity. 

Young women laughing as she works
Young women laughing as she works
Pile of stones that will be used for construction
Pile of stones that will be used for construction
Young child enjoying fresh water
Young child enjoying fresh water

Under the leadership of the Shisong Water association the local community has used the global giving funds  and volunteered their labor to build eight temporary stand pipes. These stand pipes will give over Three thousand people year round running water. Usually in the dry season the local water sources run dry and families have to trek miles to find fresh water. The temporary stand pipes will remain until the storage tank has been completed and then permanent stand pipes can be placed. The community has finished the generous funds that we  eceived from global giving and needs more to proceed.  

volunteer enjoys a cool drink after work
volunteer enjoys a cool drink after work

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.’


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Green Care Assocation

Location: Kumbo, shisong, NorthWest - Cameroon
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Njodzeka Gilbert Njodzeka
Kumbo, North West Region Cameroon

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