Ntonifor Charlie Ambe, Providing Permanent and Safe Drinking Water to the Mabeta Community of South Western Cameroon.
Charlie Ntonifor is the coordinator of the organisation UNIF (United Friends), which is implementing the project “Providing Permanent and Safe Drinking Water to the Mabeta Community of South Western Cameroon.” The organisation was created in 2005 with the aim of alleviating poverty among local people, while ensuring the conservation of the environment. UNIF is collaborating on this project with a partner organisation call COMINDA (Community Initiative for Development Association).
The project is implemented in a fishing community called Mabeta with a population of over 7,000 people. This community is enclaved without potable drinking water, and it hardly has electricity. Their drinking water is from a nearby spring whose catchment has broken down. In the rainy season, runoff water contaminates the source, and people have to wait for long before fetching water. They want to re-construct the catchment and supply taps, so that community members can have water throughout the year. They have already tested the water, and it is of good quality.
The community members raised some money, which was used to acquire some material for the work through their mobilisation. This project, once completed, would reduce the incidence of water borne diseases that are common in the area.