Project #163 | Clean Water and Improved Health in Cameroon

Our partnership with United Action for Children (UAC) Cameroon

The Jamadianle Nursery and primary school are located in Buea Municipality, located at the foot of Mount Cameroon within the Buitingi village with a population of over 2,500 people. Surrounded with many small streams and springs, this village is still characterized by having chronic water shortages. During the dry season people, especially children, travel long distances looking for drinking water at distant water points. These water points are natural holes or pools or shallow dug wells which are not protected from pollutants such as tree leaves, rubbish, or animals. As a result, children and the rest of community members are regularly infected with many water borne diseases. During the rainy season, people are able to collect water much closer to their homes, but the water is often still contaminated.

UAC Cameroon and One Day’s Wages partnered together to drill a deep water borehole well at the Jamadianle Nursery and Primary school. This well provided 2,480 community members access to abundant, clean water year-round. Additionally, UAC constructed 10 sinks and 13 taps for washing pools. These water points gave beneficiaries the capability to keep up with proper hygiene practices such as hand washing, bathing after Physical Education classes, and a safe place for women and girls to access, especially during menstruation. The well and water access points increased attendance rates for children in school, decreased risk of contracting waterborne diseases, and provision of clean water for the whole community.

Our Collective Impact

Borehole For a Well Installed

Sinks & Taps Installed

Community Members Gaining Access To Water

Meet Frida, Sarah, Jamia, and Prudence

Little Frida (age 9), Sarah (age 7), Jamia (age 6), and Prudence (age 10) all attend Jamadianle primary school. Each day, they trek long distances during and after school in search of water. Sometimes they walk five kilometers or more to reach a water source. 

When students are freed from trekking long distances to fetch water, they return to class. With proper and safe latrines, girls stay in school through their teenage years. Safe water, clean hands, healthy bodies. Time lost to sickness is reduced and pupils can have enough time to stay in class, study and perform well at school.

With your help, United Action for Children can alleviate the need to fetch water from distant and possibly contaminated water sources and to reduce the high rate of water borne diseases among children in the school and the Buitingi village community as a whole.

Thank you for making this possible!

Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.

If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our clean water fund.

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