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Clean Water Project Underway

Dysentery and other diseases of unclean drinking water are the leading cause of death in children in Sub-Saharan Africa.  The Water Project leg of the USDA Nascent Solutions’ MGD/ ALIGN  program is underway in Cameroon’s Bui Division. The Water Project seeks to install water wells, hand-washing stations and water tanks in up to 42 needy schools in Bui Division in Cameroon. The first school to be equipped with borehole, water tank and hand washing stations is GS Bamkikai, in Kumbo.

Prior to the projects intervention pupils as young as 5 had to fill up a designated class bucket with water from a surface stream a ten minute walk from the school campus before classes daily. This class bucket with water exposed to animal and human wastes and pesticide runoff from nearby farms served as the source of drinking water for the classes. This situation is replicated in many rural communities contributing to high rates infant disease and death in impoverished communities.

Clean Water

The Water Project’s robust approach to providing reliable long term clean water with deep water wells, will help stem the tide of sickness and death in rural children. The water from the wells will further be used to water school gardens and in hand washing stations further bracing the most vulnerable against hunger and sickness and providing them the necessary foundation for a sound education.

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