Without water we cannot survive, water is a necessity for life. All people have the right to a safe and secure supply of clean water. Often we don’t even stop to consider this. Most likely you are able to get clean water without too much effort. This is not the case for the People who live on the Ndop Plain.
Water For Cameroon recognises the universal right to clean water. We are working hard as partners with the communities where we serve helping to develop the capacity of local populations to meet their own needs. Together we see sustainable solutions for the provision of clean water as essential for the well being of the communities.
A large part of our work is encouraging the communities to establish self financing, sustainable solutions.This is slow and difficult work, and will take time.
The majority of people reading this article will have access to clean drinking water that is safe for them and their children to drink. On the other hand very few of the two hundred thousand people living on the Ndop Plain in North West Cameroon have access to clean water. We are working in partnership with these communities to help in providing wells and Bio Sand Filters in their villages.
For generations these people depended on muddy streams and open wells for their daily drinking water needs. Many are still dependent on these unfit sources. At the moment they don’t have any other choice. Diseases like typhus, cholera, dysentery and malaria are often carried in the polluted water of these streams and wells. Needless to say, these diseases cause much sickness and death, especially to young children.
When children get sick, often because of bad water, families have to pay out the money they had struggled to save for education to cover Hospital expenses. This is all part of the Poverty cycle that these people battle with every day.
On an international scale, the World Health Organization estimates that a child dies every eight seconds due to a water-related disease.