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 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.
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.”
At the Logos Academy School in the small village of Nafami in Sierra Leone there are 300 students who don’t have convenient access to safe drinking water – but thanks to our supporters this dire situation will change by the end of the year, and the students’ lives will be transformed.
Additionally, the well will serve a population of 1,000 in the surrounding village, ensuring that they will no longer be forced to walk long distances carrying 5-gallon containers of water weighing 40 pounds on their heads from unsafe sources.
“Access to safe drinking water in the village is a challenge,” stated Rev. Frances Mambu, director of Faith Healing Development Organization, a longtime partner of ours, which is constructing the school. “The need for water in the community cannot be over-emphasized.”
We are doing all we can to expedite the digging of this much-needed well by sponsoring our “Wata for Salone!” (Water for Sierra Leone) 5K Run/Walk to be held on Sunday, June 3, in Arlington, Virginia. And even if you can’t take part in the event itself, you can still help us reach our goal of $7,500 by sponsoring a participant. For more information, please visit https://www.generosityseries.com/charities/bread-and-water-for-africa/d.c.–district-of-columbia/.