Lobange

2.500 inwoners
9 kranen
Every week, the Water Committee of Lobange phones our local project partner Jaba Wose. They report on the progress made in the village and are keen to know the next steps necessary to obtain their most important goal: the realization of their own water system. When this first part of the project is done, the village will be responsible for maintaining the network of storage tanks and pipes.

Water is not a luxury item

Lobange is a remote village in rural Cameroon; the nearest health centre is 15 kilometres away. Because the villagers are currently drinking the water from the Nariwe river and the small, muddy pools around the village, water-borne diseases such as typhoid, dysentery, and shigella infections regularly occur among the people of Lobange. Two years ago, an outbreak of cholera resulted in more than 17 deaths. A system that provides clean drinking water and adequate sanitary facilities is therefore not a luxury item, but a basic need that can save lives.

Problem. Solution.

After creating a Water Committee, de villagers of Lobange have banded together with our local project parter FAHP to conduct a feasibility study. Using an on-the-ground assessment, they came to the conclusion that a water system is definitely in the cards for Lobange. Only two miles from the village, hidden in the forested hills, is a large natural source of water. Up to today, we have realized a construction of pipes that spans the length between the source and the village, leading into a storage tank and pouring out of ten communal water taps.

Self-sustainable

The water system provides a basic solution to a very fundamental problem. It’s not built on complicated technology, but instead designed to be maintained by the villagers themselves. Yet the work is not done in Lobange. Our local project partners are putting a lot of energy into developing the right institutions, building the capacity of villagers to manage their own water system. With a local water company in the making, maintenance will be as on-the-ground and efficient as possible. The company can afford to maintain the system in the long run by taking a small contribution from villagers every year, creating a self-sustainable system that can last for many years to come.

Made possible by

Wilde Ganzen Nederlands Albert Schweitzer Fonds Nacht van de Fooi Lush Charity Pot Jambo Stichting

Water is not a luxury item

Lobange is a remote village in rural Cameroon; the nearest health centre is 15 kilometres away. Because the villagers are currently drinking the water from the Nariwe river and the small, muddy pools around the village, water-borne diseases such as typhoid, dysentery, and shigella infections regularly occur among the people of Lobange. Two years ago, an outbreak of cholera resulted in more than 17 deaths. A system that provides clean drinking water and adequate sanitary facilities is therefore not a luxury item, but a basic need that can save lives.

Problem. Solution.

After creating a Water Committee, de villagers of Lobange have banded together with our local project parter FAHP to conduct a feasibility study. Using an on-the-ground assessment, they came to the conclusion that a water system is definitely in the cards for Lobange. Only two miles from the village, hidden in the forested hills, is a large natural source of water. Up to today, we have realized a construction of pipes that spans the length between the source and the village, leading into a storage tank and pouring out of ten communal water taps.

Self-sustainable

The water system provides a basic solution to a very fundamental problem. It’s not built on complicated technology, but instead designed to be maintained by the villagers themselves. Yet the work is not done in Lobange. Our local project partners are putting a lot of energy into developing the right institutions, building the capacity of villagers to manage their own water system. With a local water company in the making, maintenance will be as on-the-ground and efficient as possible. The company can afford to maintain the system in the long run by taking a small contribution from villagers every year, creating a self-sustainable system that can last for many years to come.

Made possible by

Wilde Ganzen Nederlands Albert Schweitzer Fonds Nacht van de Fooi Lush Charity Pot Jambo Stichting
Werk met ons samen

Kim, Projectcoördinatie
kameroen@livebuild.org

Werk met ons samen

Kim, Projectcoördinatie
kameroen@livebuild.org

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