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Info about the Potable Water
Tucked in the mountainous jungle of the South Province of Cameroon, 12 miles from the nearest town, lies a small village. In this village are 160 people of the Bulu ethnic group who currently have no access to potable drinking water. Every morning and evening, women and children walk up to 2 km to a spring at the base of a mountain for the cleanest natural water available to them. While the quality of this water is decent, its exposure to the elements allows the water to be polluted by people, animals, runoff and nature in general. As a result, the population suffers greatly from water-borne diseases including diarrhea, typhoid fever, amoebic dysentery and intestinal worms (hook worm).
The local volunteer has agreed to partner with the local water committee to construct a spring box at the water source. A spring box is a concrete structure that protects and filters the water as it comes from the water table. The water is then sourced through pipes to make for easy and hygienic gathering by the population.
The community has already held ten meetings and training sessions on health, water and sanitation. They have gathered sand, gravel and wood to contribute to the total cost of construction and are prepared to volunteer their time to help the technicians build. They are requesting funds to construct this spring box, which will provide clean water to over 160 people in need.