Himalayan Institute Cameroon (HIC) with support from the Buffalo Arts Studio has been working to address water scarcity in rural Cameroon. November to April is the dry season in northern Cameroon—6 months with hardly any rainfall. During this time, rivers dry up, municipal water sources are rationed, and village people are forced to travel farther and farther each day in order to get a bucket of water. Often, water sources during this time become dirty and disease-ridden due to overuse and increased traffic. Wells provide year-round water that is clean and more readily accessible.
The HIC School of Energy Farming is currently finishing construction on a well and irrigation pipeline in Kishong and preparations are under way to install another well in the nearby town of Jakiri. Jakiri is home to roughly 100,000 people, who have to suffer through challenging circumstances during the dry season of Cameroon. It is not uncommon for the people of Jakiri to pass two or three months without municipal water, being forced to travel for miles to carry water from unclean streams.
To ensure that the well will be protected, maintained, and always available to the public, Himalayan Institute Cameroon is partnering with local ruler Fon Sehm Mbinglo I. The well will be constructed on the grounds of the Fon’s palace in Jakiri, a site that is centrally located and accessible to all.
In a town where water is precious and clean drinking water is virtually unavailable for half of the year, a free, permanent water source will make a tremendous difference in the health and quality of life for the people of Jakiri.