|Description of Project|
was started in 2005 in order to address the growing water crisis in
Tourou, Extreme-North Province, Cameroon. In several needs
assessments, the citizens of Tourou have ranked water quantity and
quality as by far the largest obstacle to development.
Wells are the best way to safely, economically and sustainably
provide water to this region. To date, West Cascade Peace Corps
Association has donated $1000 to construct wells and to renovate
disease-ridden walk-in wells into sanitary covered water sources.
Since 2006, 10 wells have been installed or renovated. AVISE hopes
to construct 3 to 4 more wells this year and continue to build
capacity to serve the people of Tourou. Currently (February 2008)
community members are collecting statistics in their respective
villages so AVISE can assess who merits a well, based on the
population of an area and the distance this population has to travel
to water. Additionally, AVISE members are learning how to install
micro-dams, which reduce erosion, make agriculture more productive,
and recharge wells that go dry after the rainy season.