Volume 16, No. 4
Fall 2013
Quenching The Thirst For
Clean Water In Cameroon
This young boy savors every drop of his drink of water from a new dispenser at a school in northwestern Cameroon. Rainwater harvesting systems installed by IOCC at two of the country's largest rural high schools will ensure that more than 9,000 schoolchildren have access to clean and safe drinking water. (Photo credit: Nenad Prelevic/IOCC)
A drink of fresh, clean water is a luxury for many people in rural parts of Cameroon. Although the country has an abundance of rain water, 40 percent of the people living in rural areas don't have access to clean water. Women and children tasked with the job of collecting water for the family often walk several miles to fill large plastic jugs and carry them back. Even worse, the water often comes from contaminated sources and exposes them to life-threatening diseases such as cholera, diarrhea and dysentery. Children are especially vulnerable, with waterborne disease the leading cause of childhood deaths in Cameroon. Through the generous support of the Katherine Valone "St. Photini" Water Program, IOCC in cooperation with the Holy Orthodox Metropolis of Cameroon is improving hygiene conditions with access to clean water for more than 9,000 schoolchildren living in northwestern Cameroon. Rainwater harvesting systems installed on two of the area's largest schools will use rooftop gutters, filters and collection tanks to capture and store rainwater runoff, and provide an estimated 380,000 gallons of potable water each year. IOCC will also provide teachers with technical training on the system's upkeep, and provide students with school kits and hygiene kits to ensure that they have the tools needed to learn and stay healthy.

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