Binju Water Project
Binju Community Water Project, Binju-Nkambe, Cameroon
Binju Phase I is almost complete and we are looking for funds to complete Phase II to deliver water to schools. Local volunteers, both children and adults worked hard to install a reservoir at the catchment, begin installation of drainage pipes from the reservoir down to the school sites, and to protect the reservoir with a fence, and cover. Phase II will construct a wash station and complete the water delivery system so there is clean and safe water to drink for the children at school.
The Binju-Nkambe project is designed to protect a natural stream located to the southwest of the Binju-Nkambe village and aims to bring sustainable safe drinking water to approximately 5,000 villagers. The project calls for the creation of a catchment (holding tank) at a natural stream from which the water will be pumped into a holding reservoir and then distributed through a pipe network to a series of water points and washing stations spread over a 2.5 kilometer square village area.
The main objective of the project is to protect the natural stream, which flows about 200 liters per minute by moving water use points away from the stream area. Under the current conditions as humans gather drinking water and use the stream for bathing and washing of cloths the water source is serious endangered by contamination. Risk of disease is especially high during the dry months when there is not enough water flow to refresh the area coupled with use by larger numbers of villagers as other sources of water dry up. In the past this contamination of the stream has been blamed for the spread of typhoid and other waterborne diseases in the village.
The first step of the project is to create a catchment tank at the stream source which will also act as a well basin for a water pump. The pump will transfer water to a reservoir tank to be installed about 350 meters from, and 15 meters higher than, the catchment. The reservoir is intended to create a steady pressure flow in the piping system and to help store water during the rainy season in order to reduce strain on the stream when flow is reduced during the dry months.
Following the installation of the catchment and reservoir the water will be distributed to watering points and washing stations throughout the village through approximately 2 kilometers of underground pipe. As watering sources are created away from the catchment, the catchment will be landscaped to protect the stream from contamination by humans and animals. This will include use of fences and brush barriers as well as introducing plants into the stream bed to help filter pollutants from the stream bed. These provisions will help keep the water source fresh and clean.
The water catchment and distribution system will create a dependable year-round water source for the village. The reservoir and distribution system will:
- Reduce the potential of transmitting water borne diseases
- Make water access easier for villagers
- Reduce the distance water has to be carried
- Reduce strain on other water sources around Binju-Nkambe
SYFA-USA is raising funds for the building materials for this project. The villagers of Nkambe-Binju will provide the craftsman to build the catchments and reservoir. As well the villagers will provide the labor to trench the pipe and complete the grounds work and landscaping to complete the project.
The current estimate for building materials to completion the project is US$78,000. SYFA-USA has currently raised 1/5 of this total amount and needs your help to finish funding this very important project.
For more information about, or to contribute to, this very important project please contact Gene Barry at firstname.lastname@example.org