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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