The Far North region in Cameroon is exceptionally dry, except during the very short rainy season when flash floods have been known to wash children away whilst they were on their way to school. Getting clean drinking water is very difficult for many school children. They drink contaminated water from large lakes or have to use dangerous water holes like the one in the picture which is at the one of the schools where we are building classrooms this year – EP Kro Waifi. Many children suffer from cholera, typhoid and malaria as a result of drinking dirty water.
Building Schools for Africa is therefore delighted to report that one of our major supporters – Clymac Ltd – has donated sufficient funds to construct new boreholes with handpumps at six schools in the Far North this year. This will make the most enormous difference to the health of the children and their families. It will also demonstrate to the isolated communities of this region that, whilst they are currently living in fear of invasion by Boko Haram, we will continue to support them by ensuring equal access for all children to good education in decent classrooms and better health by the provision of clean drinking water.