The Takui spring water catchment system, a project that was only started a couple months ago, is now open and bringing fresh, clean water to the people of the village!
This project is very exciting, not only for the difference that it will make in the quality of life for local residents, but because of the great amount of local collaboration that helped bring the project to fruition. Nearly all labor was carried out by local volunteers, who were overseen by a rural water engineer.
Takui Village consists of approximately 2,500 people (750 of them live in the central town) and all of them will now have easy access to this water. The high number of people concentrated around the water source has caused sanitation problems in the past.
The new water catchment system consists of two storage tanks and buried pipelines. Two water spigots allow villagers to shut off the water flow when not in use.
The water catchment system cannot come at a better time. Cholera has been spreading at an alarming rate throughout Cameroon, particularly in the northern parts of the country. Cholera has claimed the lives of hundreds of Cameroonians this year, and thousands more suffer from infection, yet this disease is easily preventable and treatable with good hygiene and sanitation practices and access to abundant clean water. Water catchments such as the one in Takui are an important way that villagers can protect their water sources from contamination and ensure adequate drinking water year-round. Education about public and personal hygiene is also being offered by the Himalayan Institute Total Health Center.
A few days after the new catchment was opened, an official inauguration ceremony was held. A huge crowd came to the inauguration, including the village head. The inauguration was a celebration of great joy and pride in Takui!