Water…… a sustainer of life for Abomvomba community in Cameroon

Water…… a sustainer of life for Abomvomba community in Cameroon

Abomvomba is a small village of about 650 residents about 22 miles from the much larger city of Ebolowa in Cameroon, places it’s likely very few Americans have ever heard of.

Recently at Bread and Water for Africa® we first heard of Abomvomba from our partner in the country, Hope Services, about the great need for water for the people there.

To say the village is remote would be an understatement as it’s located on an undeveloped road linking Ebolowa with the town of Kribi where its inhabitants have no safe drinking water source, no electricity, no schools, no health care facilities and an extremely limited telecommunications network.

“So, it is essentially a poor population,” says Esther Ndichafah, CEO of Hope Services. “That is why Hope Services has been involved with this community through medical missions, community education and development programs since 2017.”

During the course of her outreach to residents, “the community expressed the need for a good portable water supply for their household use.”

Upon examining the problem further, Esther confirmed there indeed was a great need for water in the community as the nearest source of safe drinking water was in a neighboring village about two miles away – meaning people, mostly young girls, spent their days walking that distance one way to fill empty containers, and then carrying full, heavy ones back with the full weight on their heads.

To address this problem, Esther turned to Bread and Water for Africa® to request the $9,400 necessary to construct a borehole about 200 feet deep, thereby ensuring there will be no risk of the well becoming contaminated and/or polluted.

As expected, the community is very excited and supportive of the prospect of having water in the village more so than electricity, and residents are willing to help expend out of their own meager funds the cost of maintaining and protecting the well upon completion.

Residents have already formed a committee charged with locating the ideal site for the borehole, with the top priority that it be located far from any outhouses and latrines where waste could leach into the groundwater contaminating the water source.

Before any commitment could be made, Esther and her team met with members of the community to stipulate that in order for a borehole to be drilled, they must agree to create a committee to manage and oversee the security and preventative maintenance of the water supply facility, collect contributions from all families to be served by the well to have funds available for maintenance needs as they arise.

The bottom line is that the residents of Abomvomba “are in desperate need of water,” says Esther and at Bread and Water for Africa® we are working to see that that desperate need is met this year.

Degendo Well

Degendo Well

Degendo is a small rural community (pop. 650) in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia where fresh clean water for drinking, cooking, bathing, and livestock is in short supply.

“Like many of the rural kebeles (the smallest administrative unit in the country) in the region, Degendo lacks basic infrastructure including clean water supply sources,” says Yimer Mohamed, a field partner of Bread and Water for Africa® there.

Residents have been relying on small streams for water from the unprotected source which is a major cause of illness in the community, particularly among the children, many of them who suffer from chronic diarrhea which can lead to even more severe illness.

In November we heard from Yimer about his hopes for having a well dug to serve the community for an estimated cost of $11,405.

No doubt that’s a lot of money, however, it amounts to only $17 per person for the 650 children, parents and elders it will serve.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters during the past 33 years, we have been able to save thousands of children from having to walk miles and miles fetching water from contaminated sources for their families and prevented them and tens of thousands more from preventable and potentially deadly illness.

Your gift of just $17 is the equivalent of providing clean safe water for a single child or parent; your gift of $170 will be such for ten.

The need for your help cannot be over-emphasized, please give what you can today.

Water and Chicken Project in Sierra Leone

Water and Chicken Project in Sierra Leone

In the United States, access to clean water and having an abundant supply of farm-fresh eggs for cooking and baking are taken for granted. Very few homes in the U.S. don’t have running water and a carton of eggs in the refrigerator.

That’s not the case in Sierra Leone, where we have been working to construct a water well and create a poultry farm in cooperation with our partner there, Faith Healing Development Organization (FHDO).

Within the next few weeks, the poultry farm with a capacity of 3,000 chickens, is slated to open. This will provide thousands of eggs for the local community and create job opportunities for the residents of the village of Yankansa.

In conjunction with the poultry farm, a water well was dug to provide clean water for the chickens, as well as serve thousands of people living in the surrounding area.

“Access to safe drinking water at the farm was a serious challenge,” reported FHDO Executive Director Rev. Francis Mambu. “The project was welcome news in the community, especially for those living near the project site.”

Water Sachets (packets) Provide Safe Relief from Thirst

Water Sachets (packets) Provide Safe Relief from Thirst

Moriba Town, Sierra Leone, has an estimated population of more than 5,000, and thousands more in the surrounding towns and villages of the Bonthe District.

However, in the impoverished country “access to [clean water] in the provinces is a big challenge and the Bonthe District is no exception,” says our longtime partner Rev. Frances Mambu, executive director Faith Healing Development Organization (FHDO).

What that means for the thousands of children, parents, and elders living there is that they are faced with two choices when it comes to drinking water – and neither is good.

The first, and most common, is to drink untreated water from streams, risking illness, parasitic infections and even death every time they take a sip.

“Many people have to resort to unsafe and untreated water which is responsible for the prevalence of waterborne diseases,” Rev. Mambu told us. “Infections and parasites, mostly found in contaminated water, leads to the largest cause of death in Sierra Leone.”

The second choice is to take what meager funds the family has and spend it on bottled water, a “luxury” which can prevent food from being put on the table, school fees for children being paid and medicines and treatment for illness.

water sachets

“The need for a water processing plant at Moriba Town cannot be over-emphasized,” he said. “Currently, sachets (plastic pouches) and other purified water is a luxury in the communities due to the fact that they have to be purchased and transported all the way from Freetown.

“This causes the price to be high and many people cannot afford to buy the required quantity they need due to the high prevalence of poverty in the community.”

So, a few years ago when Rev. Mambu asked for support from us to construct a water purification plant and purchase the equipment necessary to package it into sachets, we turned to our supporters – and thanks to them it’s coming to fruition soon.

In addition to making safe water affordable for thousands, the excess revenue from the operation will go to support a local orphanage operated by FHDO.

Take a look at the short video of the water sachets


Thank you to all who made Rev. Mambu’s dream a reality!