MTN Foundation supplies water to more than 170,000 people in Cameroon
MTN Foundation, the first corporate Foundation in Cameroon joins the national and international community to celebrate World Water Day this 22 March 2018. This is an opportunity for MTN Foundation to reassert its commitment to contribute and ease access by the disadvantaged population to drinking water, while calling on their attention on the necessity to take care of this vital resource.
Within the framework of its activities, MTN Foundation has already helped to build 46 drinking water points for the benefit of about 170,000 people throughout several regions of the country. These drinking water access points are deployed in priority in rural areas where access to drinking water still constitutes a great challenge to the population exposed to waterborne diseases.
The potable water points built by MTN Foundation are of several types:
- Manual pump wells realized in partnership with the Otele Potable Water Project (PEP Project)
- Several boreholes realized in partnership with various bodies such as GIZ
- Full potable water supply projects with distribution networks such as the one realized in the locality of Nzemelem, 25Km from Dschang in the West Region or those ongoing, with the “Villages des Jeunes Agriculteurs” project led by the Ministry of Agriculture in Nlobesse (South Region) and Wassande (Adamawa Region).
It is worth also noting that, some water points have equally been installed in schools built by the MTN Foundation. These water points are built with latrines for better hygiene of students in particular and the educative community in general.
According to Melvin AKAM, Executive Secretary of the MTN Foundation, forty-six water points “are not enough given the overall needs in the ten regions of the country. However, this is a way for MTN Foundation to contribute to the wellbeing of communities and inspire other institutions. The MTN Foundation will not end at this stage, because in the coming months, it is planning to carry out other projects to improve on access of the most disadvantaged to potable water” he promised.
In addition to the potable water points, MTN Foundation has been investing in Cameroon for the welfare of the population in the domain of Education, Health and Rural Development since 2005.