On the night of 11th October 2018, the little village of N’taba in NW Region was attacked by unidentified armed men. The houses were razed to the ground, the villagers’ cattle were stolen and the 171 villagers fled, taking nothing with them, to Kourap in the West Region. On a small piece of land they constructed straw and pole houses in which they have been living for the past two years. There was no latrine in this community, they had to trek 1.5 Kms to collect water from an unprotected stream and they relied on the generosity of their neighbours for food. Poor health and malnutrition has been a serious problem.
Thanks to our supporters, we have been able to fund SHUMAS to help these poor villagers improve their hygiene and their standard of living and restore their ability to feed themselves. Two new latrine blocks have been constructed and each household has been provided with WASH facilities (jerry cans, buckets, cups and soap) and has been trained in water purification and storage. In addition, each family has been given farm tools, vegetable seeds and a female sheep and has been taught organic farming techniques so that they can start to produce their own food and, hopefully, some surplus to sell.