Project #11963

Village Water Management Committee Symposium

by Better Family Foundation

Bringing water to communities in Cameroon is one thing and managing
the water is yet another thing. In order to ensure effective
management of water and ensures its purity for the health of the
population Better Family Foundation has signed a memorandum of
understanding with Fundong council in order to improve on the
management of water schemes.

We have been sensitising the various communities in Fundong
Municipality on the need to have a symposium during which an
association could be put in place to oversee the management of water
schemes in various villages.

So far a lot of ground work has been going on and we hope by October
2014 the symposium will take place. In this respect we are canvasing
for funds from internal and external donors in order to make this

We thank all who are making an effort to donate towards the success of
this program and plead on them to continue to spread the word to
friends and relatives.

Better Family Foundation has come to realize that if all the water management committees in Fundong Subdivision form a common associatioin, there will be a common ground where ideas and experiences will be shared thereby improving every village water management scheme.

Presently we are working out a memorandum of understanding with Fundong Municipal council in order to facilitate the invitation and organization of all village water management committees within Fundong Municipality to a symposium. The council being a legal instutition will be brought in during the next symposium in order to ensure an effective management of all water schemes within the municipality.

We are currently raising money for the symposium through friends abroad, Fundong council, Better Family Foundation members and Global Giving. Presently we are identying all the water managemnet committees within the subdivision in order to draw up the supposed participants for the forthcoming symposium. We do hereby thank all those who making effort to donate funds towards this symposium. The project  is progressing on very well as all stake-holders are showing commitment to the project.

Since July 2013, BFF has been busy organizing a community water
management symposium. This symposium which intended drawing together
10 educators and 30 water management members was finally held for two
days on the 13th and 14th July 2013.

It was organised and facilitated by both BFF members and some experts
drawn from Peace Corps Cameroon program as well as the ministry of
environment in Cameroon.

Participants went home being highly motivated and pleaded for more of
such symposium to be organized in the near future. BFF therefore
intends to keep organizing such symposium as long as there are funds
in order to ensure permanent clean and safe water in Cameroon.

This symposium was organized with funds from Peace Corps and Global
Giving donations. We are presently trying to evaluate and monitor the
effects of the symposium on our community and schools.

We kindly thank all those who contributed the money to make this
symposium a success. We pray that they keep on supporting us and
causing others to do same.
Mbeng Simon

Since the last report, we have been busy making preparations for the symposium. In deed we have been searching for funds and we are lucky to have had some money from Peace Corps Cameroon program. We intend to use this money to organize the first phase of this seminar. So far we are very serious holding meetings and building the manual we intend to use during the symposium. The committee charged with this is made up of BFF members, officials from the Ministry of Environment in Cameroon, a short term Volunteer from Germany and 2 Peace Corp Volunteers. 

The symposium is slated for 12th and 13th August 2013 in which we intend to invite 30 community members drawn from 15 communities and 15 educational authorities drawn from the Ministries of Basic Education and Secondary Education. We have equally assigned BFF members to perform specific functions in order to ensure the success of the symposium.

Community working on the Fecal Oral Route
Community working on the Fecal Oral Route

This is an exciting time for Better Family Foundation (BFF) for many reasons.

1. Our work in the domain of village water systems has been busier than ever! With this comes the creation of more and more village water management committees. 

2. Mr. Mbeng Simon, the Director of BFF, has just returned from The Gambia where he attended a Peace Corps/USAID WASH Conference. He has now been selected to as the chief facilitator/organizer of a similar conference here in Cameroon for Peace Corps Cameroon.

3. We have expanded our partnerships with both Peace Corps and WaterCharity and are seeing the possibility for more funding in order to carry out our work. 

How do those items affect this project? 

Well, we are beginning to lobby Peace Corps Cameroon to give us assistance to push this WMC Symposium forward. We are eager to obtain these funds not only to carry out this project, but to expand its scope! Ideally, this project will now encompass bring in many lessons learned from The Gambia pertaining to WASH considerations. We are realizing what a valuable tool for community outreach/sensitization WMCs can be! So, we figured, while we have them amassed together it is best to continue teaching them how they can be sanitation and hygiene leaders in their respective communities.

We are very excited about these new ideas/new approaches and look forward to having an opportunity to see them come to fruition!


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Organization Information

Better Family Foundation

Location: Fundong, Boyo Division, NW - Cameroon
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Stephen Cormier
Fundong, Cameroon

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