A charity started taking donations for a water catchment site to be created in a village in Cameroon by partecipating in the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign.
Bakewell based, Village Aid took over the University Arms for a fundraising event that included networking, representatives from MBOSCUDA – the organisation Village Aid work with in Cameroon – speaking via skype and a talk from Village Age trustee, Dave Phillips.
The charity was selected to take part in The Big Give’s ‘Christmas Challenge’ with every donation being matched for a week long period and they aim to reach a goal of £20’000 in donations by the end of the weeks’ donation matching period.
Mr Phillips said: “The village mountainous, it’s like where the dark peak meets the Pennines, it’s that sort of land, you only get wells working successfully when they go down to the ground water, there the ground water is 2000 meters below you”.
He continued: “How do you get water to those people except by getting localised spring and catching it and putting it in a catchment site? I don’t think there is any other option.”
The charity, set up in 1992 in the Peak District, has already set up 13 water catchment sites in Cameroon since they began working there.
By building these water catchment sites, Village Aid says that it reduces conflict between farmers and grazers in the area and since they began building these sites, areas which have them have seen a 20% reduction in conflicts.
In 2015 in the conflict hotspots of Northwest Cameroon there were 77 cases of Typhoid and all were reported in areas which did not yet have a water catchment site.