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Project Maka in Cameroon
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The first AQUAVERA initiative is in Maka village in Cameroon.
Maka village is a clear demonstration of the risks faced when communities do not have reliable and safe access to drinking water. The people of Maka are compelled to drink unclean water every day which is known to be the cause of high infant death rates. In addition, many violent attacks against the village’s female population occur as they make the long daily journey for the collection and transporting of this unclean water.
Working with local partners, we have identified the need for ‘air-to-water’ machines to be installed in the rural village of Maka, in Southwestern Cameroon.
Maka is an extremely poor, community with a population of just over 880 individuals, of which 65% are women and young girls. Here, the local community only has access to four water points.
The River Noun is a contaminated water source that the community use to wash their clothes
A disused drilled well that is no longer in use and in need of repair
A hand-dug well that only has contaminated water available outside of the dry season.
The contaminated stream of water that you see in the video above
Alongside our local partner, the Fondation Jean-Félicien Gacha and working in collaboration with the local community, we have identified the need to install an ‘air-to-water’ machine in order to:
Provide free-drinkable water to the community
Empower local women and girls
Improve access to education
Reduce the risk of waterborne diseases
Improve the safety and security of women and girls
Measuring Our Impact
Together with the Fondation Jean-Félicien Gacha and thanks to the expertise of their local Community Leader, Elodie Tchouaki, AQUAVERA will partner with a Steering Committee made up of women community leaders, school teachers, doctors and nurses. The Steering Committee will manage the ‘air-to-water’ machine and will collect data on infant deaths, school attendance, violence against women and economic improvements to monitor changes after the installation of the ‘air-to-water’ machines.
Elodie and the elected community leaders will be trained on the maintenance of the systems, and will be responsible for ensuring their security, maintenance and repairs, as well as making decisions/addressing any issues that arise as a community.
Our Local Partner
Our local partners the Jean-Félicien Gacha Foundation, an NGO based in Western Cameroon, created in 2002 with a vision to encourage the awakening of vocations, develop talents, and spread knowledge in Cameroon. The Foundation, who is well known to the Maka community, and who already built a school for the village, will be an intrinsic part of this project.
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