The acronym “WASH” stands for water, sanitation, and hygiene. These basic necessities for healthy living are not available to many people in Cameroon. In fact, more than 760 million people worldwide do not have access to clean, safe drinking water, and 2.5 billion people do not have access to basic sanitation facilities.
Generosity Global has found that combining water supply, sanitation facilities and hygiene education activities can reduce incidences of childhood diarrhea by up to 95%, instead of just 15% with improved water quality alone. These figures explain why Generosity Global believes that communities can only gain the full benefits from projects when water, sanitation and hygiene education are combined, enabling communities to escape the spiral of poverty and gain a better quality of life.
Safe drinking water and sanitation services have the potential to prevent at least nine percent of the global disease burden and six percent of all deaths
Generosity Global a 501 c 3 non profit organization committed to using the power of generosity to positively impact people, by providing access to clean drinking water to people in developing countries and helping the homeless become self sufficient.
The opportunities for the corporate sector to demonstrate leadership in WASH are widespread and allow for great returns on investment. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the WASH sector can leverage business resources to deliver more social value to the communities around them, and help identify new entry points into new and sometimes complicated markets. Tangible benefits for corporations who invest in WASH solutions include access to new marketplaces, mitigating risk, building brand recognition, and improved employee morale. WASH programs offer a return of $4 in increased economic productivity and reduced healthcare costs for every $1 invested. Corporations have a tremendous and timely opportunity to increase their support for safe, affordable drinking water, hygiene, and sanitation.
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This project is focused in Tokembere, a sub-division in the Far North Region of Maroua, Cameroon. Tokembere comprises over 125 villages. Our work will enable about 135,000 people to gain access to safe water and effective hygiene and sanitation training. The implementing partners for this project are ETS SOLAR-HYDRAULIC (drilling partners) & CENMI (WASH implementation partners).
Tokembere sits on a very rocky terrain, surrounded by hills. The entire region has harsh desert conditions, with extreme heat and average daily temperatures of 98 degrees Fahrenheit. The region is covered with dry lands with annual rainfall of less than 3 months, making it very challenging to grow food. Poor land productivity, poor access to healthcare, poor education (more than 80% of the population uneducated), lack of clean water supply and sanitation coverage, alongside low income and little to no makes Tokembere one of the poorest parts of Cameroon.
We recorded that only 10% of the population had access to a safe water supply and sanitation facilities respectively. Most of the traditional water sources are inaccessible, often unreliable and unsafe to use. On average, people living in rural areas have to travel between one to three hours to these water sources. The water shortage in the area is particularly problematic for women, who do most of the water collection. The lack of good water sources with proximity to dwellings makes school activities for the youth. They have to cover long distances everyday fetching water before and after school, making it very difficult concentrate and perform well in school. Most of these children are regular visitors to the local health center due to water-borne illnesses.
There is a general lack of awareness and practice of personal hygiene or environmental sanitation, with most community members not washing their hands after going to the toilet or before preparing food.
The majority of communities do not have latrines or defined sites for refuse disposal. In most of the villages, it is not unusual for livestock and humans to share a living space and often there is no separate room designated as a kitchen. These factors all lead to high incidences of bacterial and diarrheal diseases.
- Construction of 100 water access points throughout the villages.
- Water day march/rally, advocating and promoting more access to clean water points throughout Cameroon.
- Develop community outreach program with the primary goal of affecting public attitude towards water use.
SANITATION & HYGIENE PROMOTION
- Construction of ventilated improved pit toilets.
- Sanitation week celebrations promoting sanitation and hygienic behavior.
- Hygiene promotion activities throughout all villages (in cooperation with the ministry of health).
- Hygienic household training sessions.
- Production and distribution of hygiene and sanitation posters throughout the villages.
COMMUNITY CAPACITY BUILDING/ OWNERSHIP
- Establishing community water and sanitation committees.
- Training water technicians to handle day to day maintenance of facilities.
- Training community health educators.
- Training health extension agents to conduct the day to day monitoring of project activities.
- Conducting capacity building training for members of partner staff.
- Training junior hygiene and sanitation officers to provide information to communities.