Our work between 2014 and 2016 started the charities focus on Water and Sanitation. During these three years, we were able to deliver two water projects to vulnerable communities, and conduct detailed surveys of water needs of the villages in the region. Through our detailed approach, we have been able to achieve many successes within these projects:
- These have been built at a cost of around £6,000 each, which is 60% cheaper than traditional bored wells.
- Village cooperatives have been established to ensure the long-term sustainability of the projects.
- Communities have been educated about the importance of protecting their water sources.
Our Future Targets
We have conducted extensive research across the region of Eastern Cameroon, and have identified many villagers where urgent action is required to ensure water and sanitation needs are met. We have therefore decided to focus our work on the further delivery of water projects, and our business plan outlines the following four key objectives.
Focusing on water and sanitation will allow us to use our experience more effectively as we are able to learn from each successive project. By incorporating this learning into our new projects we will be able to add more value to the work carried out in future.
Community support and mobilisation is essential to our success We have appointed Virginnie, an intelligent, industrious and indigenous villager as our resident CC member. Virginnie will be able to freely move amongst the communities we engage with and ensure that our values and objectives are continuously reflected in our projects. Since her appointment in 2016 Virginnie has undertaken extensive training both in our operating model and by Betterworld Cameroon in sustainable development.
Continuing engagement with Mosame Trust and other stakeholders post project-handover in Bambouti has enabled us to ensure that project outcomes are maintained and developed from the point of meeting current and future local community needs and that we continue to learn long term sustainability lessons. This approach will be maintained with the new villages we work with.
Although several charities supplying varying services and addressing varying needs operate in the region, there is little in the way of communication, coordination or collaboration between them. We have demonstrated that by working in collaboration with other charitable or NGO organisations it is possible to deliver greater net sustainable benefits to the local communities than by acting in isolation. We will continue to establish relationships with other NGO’s so that we can align interests and intentions to ensure projects throughout the area are cohesive and complementary and make most efficient use of aggregate resources. Project Focus – Clean Water, Sanitation & Related Hygiene Issues Future Cameroon Catalyst’s
There remains an urgent need to provide rural communities with safe drinking water. We are therefore seeking to provide more wells across the region.