The Hona Water Project
As an organization, our focus in the later part of 2015 and in 2016 is to provide portable drinking water in the village of Hona situated in the Eastern part of Cameroon. Hona Village, located far into the forest of the East of Cameroon and with a population of about 500 people with One primary school and one teacher that teaches all the classes, has had only one water source in the forest that has served the people for almost 100 years.
This water source is a little stream down a steep incline through a narrow path that becomes very slippery and treacherous in raining seasons. Several accidents resulting in broken ankles have happened on that path. This single water source serves for all water-related purposes, from bathing to drinking. To make things even worse, the women of the village are those responsible for fetching water for the household. The plight gets even worse for women without children or those whose children have migrated to the near cities in search of better fortunes.
This is where Mothers comes in!
To paraphrase, Mothers of the Nations World Outreach Ministries, commonly referred to simply as Mothers, is a nonprofit multi-denominational, multiracial and multilingual Christian ministry with the goal of reaching under-privileged children and women around the world, one woman and one community at a time. Among other things, Mothers seeks to alleviate the plight of underprivileged children and mothers through Medical Outreaches (Medical Evangelism), providing scholarships, helping to feed the poor, providing portable drinking water, rehabilitating prostitutes and dropouts, and engaging in healthy counsel for these groups of persons.
Before presenting the budget, let us remark that with the changing world in which we live, coupled with global warning and other threats, not only that this source of water is also a source of several diseases and other malaise, it may vanish one day leaving the inhabitants of Hona village gaping.
After proper assessment through people who have been to this village, the most feasible action plan that will lead to portable water for a long time with little or no repairs needed for several years is to install a pump Well at the center of the village. The Well would be several feet deep, depending on how far the diggers have to go to find the water table. A manual pump system will be installed. With the absence of electricity in the village and the high cost of acquiring gasoline for an electric generator, it would be unwise to attempt installing an electric pump. On the surface, it would be nicely built up, cemented and a lever installed to help in pumping out water. The picture to the right is what we have in mind at this point. Things may be modified a little as actual work commences but the bottom line is that the source of water has to be safe for women, children and the community. Pumping out water should not be an arduous task.
Time Line and Budget details
- The Fund Raising for this project will be officially launched on September 26th at 7pm. The flyer is attached to the right.
- Raising funds for the project will continue throughout the remainder of 2015 and the early part of 2016.
- Alongside fund raising, the leadership of Mothers will prayerfully select a contractor for the project.
- By the first quarter of 2016, the contractor should have done his own feasibility studies and present us with a revised budget.
- Work should commence as soon as a deal is arrived at between the contractor and the leadership of Mothers. The leadership of Mothers in Cameroon will serve as the eyes and ears on the ground to make sure that we are fed with accurate information from the project site.
- By the last quarter of 2016, the project should have been completed and the new water source officially handed to the people of Hona village.
- After consulting with several pundits familiar with such projects, the estimated cost stands at about $8000.00.
- Some of the pundits informed us that we could carry on the project for about 2/3 of the cost mentioned above but it would not be guaranteed to last a long time. We therefore would prefer to invest and build a structure that would last until, maybe the government, brings pipe born water to the community.
- To ensure proper management of the structure while we are gone, before handing the water source to the people of Hona village, we would ask the local chief to give us one person who will be entrusted with the responsibility of caring for the water source. This person will serve as our liaison in the village and send us reports at least on a quarterly basis.
- Inbuilt in the deal with the contractor, he will have to visit the water source at least once a year for the first three years after the project is completed.
- News Letters, like this one, will be released as necessary to inform donors on the progress of the initiative