Bridgers Association Cameroon

WA.S.H

WASH is an acronym that stands for “water, sanitation and hygiene”. Universal, affordable and sustainable access to WASH is a key public health issue within international development and is the focus of Sustainable Development Goal 6.

Challenges We've Identified in Communities

Today in Cameroon, especially in the southern part of the country, a central issue is water scarcity. Many communities lack  access to clean and good quality water for drinking. Women are the ones in charge of water-management in most communities. Hence, women and children need to trek long distances in communities to fetch drinking water for their families. Research and statistics show that several thousand of people die every year as a result of water related ailments.

The lack of access to clean water exposes communities to diseases. Today it begins with diarrheal and then deteriorate into cholera or other diseases. Access to clean toilets and availability of water in these toilets remain a huge challenge in most communities in Cameroon. Particularly the rural communities consider this as a luxury. Many schools operate by leaving the pupils, students and the teachers at their own mercy, concerning water and hygiene issues. Many markets function with no public toilets and where there exist, the hygiene and sanitation conditions are unbearable.

Hand washing practices needs to be taken seriously as it can prevent many disease that can end up deadly, especially for children. The simple act of washing the hands with soap several times a day can prevent this.

The Solution

With your timely and appropriate support Bridgers embarks on a massive sensitization campaign on hand washing with soap.

We are using our volunteers to raise community awareness on the necessity for clean toilets and the economic implications in their lives of negligent attitudes of the ills the WASH program set out to fight.

We wish to provide more boreholes to communities that lack portable water and improve on the hygiene condition of existing water facilities at the grassroots.

We ear-mark rehabilitating every water catchment that does not meet the standard of providing clean and safe drinking water.  We ensure during this process that the planting of water friendly trees is done in collaboration with the locals and the Municipal authorities.

We also welcome gifts and donations of water purification equipment, water supply, borehole pumps, mobile toilet facilities that could help solve the above challenges raised.

We pledge working with community councils, traditional and administrative authorities, school heads and good will personalities such as donors and philanthropists like you to go through these challenges which guarantee the attainment of sustainable development.

You have a role to play

Hand Washing With Soap

Many stomach related illnesses today can be attributed to basic inappropriate hygiene practices. 

Many people have died due to failure to properly wash hands with soap. Even many more persons have spent much money and time in hospitals just because they did not use soap in washing their hands.

Bridgers Association Cameroon is tackling this issue in schools where children are more vulnerable to be victims of germs/diseases associated with hand wash. 

The provision of soap and the proper awareness raising on this issue as well as provision of water and related facilities remain a great challenge which we all and together with stakeholders like you can join hands and solve.

Waste Management

Waste management is a huge challenge in every society today. The case of plastics poses rather a critical issue as plastic pollution is posing danger to not only sea/water ecosystem but to the environment. 

The Beat the Plastics campaign is a serious call for all to take action and safe our environment.

Many water run ways and gutters are blocked and causing floods eventually in many urban neighbourhoods in Cameroon. The picture above shows a blocked water way in Bastos Yaounde Cameroon. 

We are seeking partnership and collaboration to provide solutions to such problems.

Bridgers trained more than one thousand five hundred women in Fako Division of the South West Region on effective waste management techniques and why they should be consistent in these practices. This training was carried out thanks to funding from The Pollination Project. 

Open Defication

Open defecation has become a major challenge in every community nowadays. By this negative practice, many people are victims of health problems and environmental pollution.

Open defecation is highly associated with poor areas and rural communities, however, lot of sensitization is needed in urban centers as well.

The provision of toilets as well as water is necessary.

Bridgers is into this and soliciting partnership and collaboration with relevant stakeholders to curb open defecation and make our environment and waters clean and healthy!

Contact us if you are able and willing to be part of the solution to a global challenge. 

The Water Purification Project

Bridgers association Cameroon has seen the need to carry out this project in order to reduce the rate of deaths and people suffering from waterborne diseases, in order to meet up with the sustainable development goal number 6 which is clean water and sanitation. Some communities also face the problem of lack of drinking water.
So in this project also, we shall look at means to provide portable water in those communities. We shall be sensitizing the population on three simple methods which are boiling, using a filter and chlorine drops.

Project Objectives

  • Reduce the rate at which people drink contaminated water
  • Provide portable water to communities. 
  • Sensitization of the population on the methods of water purification. 
  • Training on the methods of water purification. 
  • Buy Biosand filters which can serve many households at once. 
  • Enable quality water to be provided in the communities with contaminated water. 

Project Implementation

This project shall be implemented in the local communities that face the problem of contaminated water. We shall start with the sensitization of the people on the purification methods we shall be using in this project in those remote areas that have no good source of drinking water. We shall put in place the bioSand water filters to serve many households at a time. Thereby providing on a large scale, good and pure drinking water to the community.

Project Benefits

  • The communities will have access to portable drinking water.
  • Reduced number of water related disease cases.
  • Reduced deaths as a result of these diseases.
 

Methods of Water Purification

Using a Water Filter

Water filters can remove bacteria in water. They contain carbon which gets rid of the chemicals and awful tastes while iodine coated screens can further remove viruses. Treated water can be consumed after the treatment and the water has no bad taste. This is a very good purification but it is expensive and many people cannot afford it. So in this project, Bridgers association team shall be using a BioSand filter. 

A BioSand filter (BSF) is a point-of-use water treatment system adapted from traditional slow sand filters. BioSand filters remove pathogens and suspended solids from water using biological and physical processes that take place in a sand column covered with a biofilm. BSFs have been shown to remove heavy metals, turbidity, bacteria, viruses and protozoa. BSFs also reduce discoloration, odor and unpleasant taste. Because of their effectiveness, ease of use, and lack of recurring costs, BioSand filters are often considered appropriate technology in developing countries. This filter will really help in communities facing problems of contaminated water as one filter can serve many households.

Boiling Water

This is a very reliable, cheap and easy way to purify water as it doesn’t even the use of any chemicals or additives. This method is highly recommended as it is very effective and cheap. Boiling water kills all germs and bacteria and makes it pure and clean. We advise households to carry out this practice to improve on the quality of their drinking water. Put some water in a pot, once it boils leave for a few minutes to cool. The result will be pure and adequate for drinking.

Chlorine Drops

Chlorine has the ability to kill bacteria in water. You can add 3 to 4 drops of chlorine in to a 20 litres gallon of water. After the two have been mixed, let the chlorinated water sit for half an hour before drinking. The purified water should slightly smell of chlorine. If it does not, the process may be repeated. It is important to note that this could be poisonous if you use too many drops so caution is necessary. There are so many other methods of water purification but Bridgers Association will like to focus on the above mentioned three as they are easy, effective, affordable and less technical.

 

The Pollination Project Grant

Bridgers Association Cameroon was delighted to be awarded a seed grant by TPP at the end of 2018. This grant supported Bridgers to implement a project that was titled “Hygiene to Safe Lives and Money” This was a WASH project intended to create the nexus between hygiene and health, so health and wellness. Thanks to the Grant of the Pollination Project we were able to realize this wonderful project and provide nine communities, grouped into three camps with awareness-raising campaigns on WA.S.H.