Borehole at School Campus

Bankim, Cameroon

 

The Bankim community’s resolve for transformation has gradually helped them reach the preliminary requirements for the provision of clean water at their primary school. Initially, the children fetched water from far off puddles and valley springs located over a kilometre away in order to meet hygiene and sanitation standards in the school. A borehole at the school campus will alleviate this predicament and bring hope and more learning opportunities to students, as well as improve hygiene and sanitation within the school.

 

The poverty level within the community, especially among women, led the Income Generation committee to solicit the development of a Women’s Empowerment Centre to train women in various arts in order to help them achieve financial autonomy. The Income Generation Committee leader, Miss Rebacca, sought an audience with the mayor, who promised financial support to the project and provided the required land for the centre based on its demands. The Income Generation Committee, as well as others in the community, need to be trained to live up to the challenges of Transformational Community Development (TCD).

 

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation at Bankim is like other rural communities in the Adamwa region of Cameroon. There is a water shortage in the community, and handwashing facilities are virtually non-existent but for a few public offices. The wearing of masks, social distancing, and handwashing are hardly practised, while hand shaking during greetings continues and those who refuse may be considered offensive. Serious education and sensitisation are required to strengthen hygiene and sanitation within the entire community.

 

Thank you!

 

Shade
GHNI Assistant Regional Field Leader

 

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