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Build a Clean Water & Sanitation Facility - Cameroon - PHASE 1

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Our goal
To provide access to safe water, hygienic toilets, and improved shelter for a remote community in Cameroon.
The Challenge

To provide access to hygienic water in a sustainable way.

Many communities in Cameroon lack access to clean water, proper shelter, and sanitation facilities. Mvoumagomi's Pygmy community lives deep in the tropical rainforest. Roads are nonexistent making access and communication very difficult, even with the relatively nearby town of Kribi. During the rainy season the village is cut off with increased dangers from flooding.

The village is located about 40 km from Kribi by canoe on the river Lobe. Accessing the village requires an additional 30-minute hike through thick bush. Mvoumagomi's villagers live in communities of 30 people on average, 100 people at most.

For drinking water, villagers must make a half-hour trek to the river Lobe. This task falls primarily to women, but children can also responsible for this chore. They walk barefoot through dense forest to reach the river, and then must be very careful not to slip from the muddy banks into the crocodile infested water. Children are most vulnerable to being lost to these risks. The most difficult thing of all can be getting the gathered water back home without being attacked by wild animals.

Toilets do not exist at all in the Mvoumagomi village. As with all other necessities, the community uses the forest “when nature calls.” This practice poses health risks. The presence and possession of toilets in this community is urgently needed to provide sustainable sanitation, giving villagers a sense of dignity, security, and equality with others. A toilet is not a luxury, but an essential necessity for good hygiene and disease prevention for the entire community.

Our Solution

Improve the level of public health for the village.

Warka Toilet is designed to use simple, sustainable materials indigenous to the region—earth, palm leaves and wood—and constructed adopting local techniques.

Two separate sides provide facilities for men and women. With this dry system, waste is turned into useful compost. Each toilet has two holes: one for urine and one for excrement. Liquid waste and solid waste can therefore be separated, which is very important.

Instead of flushing the toilet, soil is added to the hole so that the excrement dries out quicker. Once the solid waste is dry—a process that takes about one month—the resulting manure can safely be spread on the ground. Urine, just like excrement, is a natural fertilizer. It ends up in a reservoir where it decants.

Warka House will provide substantially better shelter with an insulated floor and proper roof to prevent rainwater dripping inside. With our support, the structure will be constructed using ancient local traditions of working with bamboo and other natural materials by the villagers themselves. The upgraded house will offer higher standards of hygiene and comfort for the villagers of this isolated community.

Your Impact

By supporting our project you can help save people’s lives.

Your donation will provide members of the Mvoumagomi community access to safe water and decent latrine facility, allowing them to stay healthy by preventing waterborne diseases like cholera. Improving the quality of water will improve the quality of life for many members of the community and the economy of the village.

Pledge spending
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    Expenses

  • 16% -

    Site works

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    Hiring local people

  • 8% -

    Materials

  • 4% -

    Administration

  • 2% -

    Stripe fees

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