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. With the village struggling with 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 that are not protected from pollutants such as tree leaves, rubbish, or animals, and even in the rainy season the water is often still contaminated. As a result, children and the rest of the community members are regularly infected with many waterborne diseases.
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 the 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, and healthy bodies. Time lost to sickness is reduced and pupils can have enough time to stay in class, study, and perform well at school. United Action for Children was able to help alleviate the need to fetch water from distant and possibly contaminated water sources and reduced the high rate of waterborne 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.
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