Cameroon

Cameroon is in its final stages of implementation. We are looking forward to closing this project soon!

Project leader:Neha Mylarapu (amylarapu3@gatech.edu)

History

The Cameroon Project committee started in 2009 as EWB-GT’s first official project. They started working when they determined there was a need in the community of Mungoa-goa for a more convenient and reliable source of water. The community had two water catchment and distribution systems constructed by a Dutch NGO many years back, but these only serviced the lower two thirds of the community. As a result, residents in the upper village typically had to collect their water from a distant well. In addition, the community members were suffering from diseases related to consumption of unclean water such as cholera and E.coli. Since then, members of the Cameroon project committee have been working diligently to solve these issues.

Location

The project focuses on the town of Mugoa-goa, Cameroon. It is located on a hillside in the northwest province of Cameroon and consists of approximately 1000 people. The upper third of the village must walk down a steep hill every day (~300 ft vertical elevation change) for access to clean water. In order to ease their burden, a well will be constructed near the top of the hill and a distribution will be created to bring water to the lower regions of the community.

What We Do


In order to solve the problems in Mungoa-goa, the committee is currently building a solar powered well to provide clean, accessible water to the community. This well has already been drilled to 70 meters and will require power from 10 Suntech 125W solar panels. To address health related issues, the project has been conducted educational initiatives on each trip to Cameroon.

Project Status

In mid-2014, as the chapter was making preparations to send a team to install a larger solar pumping system, the U.S. State Department placed a travel warning for areas of northern Cameroon. Although EWB-USA's independent risk management consultants believe that there is not significant risk for travel to Mungoa-Goa, Georgia Tech's policy states that no students, faculty, or staff can enter countries with a travel warning in place. So the team shifted its strategy and is gathered a team of professionals composed of mentors, former travel team members, and subject-matter experts. This team of five professionals traveled in January 2016 and completed all of its tasks, including installing the new well. This was the final implementation trip, as the project is entering the final closing stages.

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