Watering Earth in partnership with the Okala Foundation and Water4.org is assembling a local team in Cameroon to be professionally trained to manually drill wells. This local team will be able to use this skill for a living while providing precious clean water to the villages in Cameroon, at a fraction of the cost of a traditional well. Additionally the knowledge will reside locally to ensure continued water supply after the water well is completed. Initial set-up costs of the program are approximately $15,000 and include drilling equipment and training. Ongoing cost per well will be ~$1,200
The Okala Foundation has been working with villages and schools in Cameroon since 2006, achieving extraordinary results with very little resources. They have built schools and a clinic, and sponsor children providing them with books, a hot lunch and a mosquito net during the school year. Literacy rate has gone from 10% to 95% in the schools they support.
Only one of the eight villages in which they have a presence has a safe water well; the remaining villages and schools have no access to safe clean water, and get their water from nearby contaminated rivers. This water program will start by providing safe clean water wells to the schools and villages supported by the Okala Foundation to then expand to nearby villages and schools