Welcome to Mundame, Cameroon! Because we love you, we made you this video introducing you to the people Mundame and the project you helped fund. Use the share button below to post it to your social media accounts.
Then take your time to explore this report and really understand the INCREDIBLE change you helped create.
The Mundame Project is like no other rural water system on earth. It uses mountain springs to bring clean water to over 2,500 people in Mundame Village.
By focusing on low-tech, high-impact solutions, we’ve make a bigger splash than ever before. (And we have the data to prove it - more on that later.)
Wells are an important tool; they help us get to clean water deep underground. In many places, communities live just a few hundred feet above the water they need to live normal, healthy lives.
But if going from dirty water to a new well is a big step - so is the step from a new well to a plumbing system that brings water into the home. This second step can take decades more to complete.
But what kind of impact can we have when we skip the well all together?
In Mundame, Cameroon DIGDEEP and our friends at Water Collective co-designed a low-tech, community-led project that brings spring water into nearby villages by pipe.
In each village, new water towers push clean water through sand filters and into taps near public gathering spaces. The filtration system is simple, water lines are buried just below the surface, and taps can be repaired with local parts - making it an easy system to maintain.
That responsibility falls to the local Water Council - made up of elders, men, women and youth representatives. Together, they mobilized the labor for the project. Now they’ll make sure that water never stops flowing.
Last year, our local staff spent months collecting (A TON OF) survey data on health, education, and gender equity in Mundame. A year from now we’ll go back and collect new numbers.
We’re ‘skipping the well’ and we know it’ll have a big impact.
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The Mundame Water Project serves a real need for clean water. Until it was built, people struggled with long distances, long waiting times, and water that made them sick. You helped change that.
We collect a TON of project data; this is just a snapshot.
Every DIGDEEP project uses a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA), measuring the way water access achieves other key goals like health, gender equity, and access to education.
Every DIGDEEP project is community-led, using a technology specifically designed to meet local needs.
410 people gave funds
2500 people gave effort
100% of both are changing the world
Some water charities separate people into donors and recipients.
DIGDEEP is different.
We believe everyone, everywhere has the same right to water. This report is designed to show you that when we work together as equals, we can do amazing things.
We don't expect you to give blindly... we expect you to appreciate that water is essential to everything you do. We'll use that awareness - and 100% of your gift - to provide support to communities in need.
In a similar way, we don't expect benefitting communities to be grateful... we expect them to proactively defend the rights we all have in common. The people of Mundame contributed 30% of this project's costs, much of it through in-kind gifts of materials and labor.
You x Them x 100% = Change
Give the gift of water again, and we'll send 100% of your gift straight to another project like this one.
You've already had such an incredible impact - let's make it even bigger!
This project was partially funded by people that took the 4Liter Challenge and their supporters. You guys are awesome.
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The responsibility for this incredible falls to the local Water Council - made up of elders, men, women and youth representatives. Together, they mobilized the labor for the project. Now they’ll make sure that water never stops flowing.
The Water Council collects community contributions to repair and improve service. They also help maximize the impact of the new water by overseeing:
- hygiene & sanitation workshops
- new job trainings (with pigs provided by Water Collective!)
- and the construction of new access points in local homes
From top right, clockwise: Christiantus (Youth Representative), George (Technician), Florence (Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator), Fidelis (President), Alfred (Mayor), Judith (Treasurer), Julius (Technician), Melnis, Dorothy (Women's Representative), Walters (Technician)
Welcome to Mundame - a village in the jungles of Southwest Cameroon. The 2500 people of Mundame farm latex (the smelly white stuff that becomes the rubber in our shoes and tires).
Until this month, they walked 2-3 miles a day to collect water from an unprotected spring that made them sick. Now they have a new water utility system with a holding tank, public taps and enough capacity to expand water service into their homes, one-by-one. The best part? They helped fund and build the project they now manage.
There are 31 photos from this project (including a few not included in this report!) on facebook. Browse and share them here.
We planned the Lokando Project with our friends at Water Collective in Brooklyn. Water Collective specializes in projects that harness the power of clean water to provide new economic opportunities.
Pig farming - an activity which helps diversify reliance on seasonal coca farming - is only possible with access to the water needed to feed and water the animals. In addition to clean water and human rights training, The Lokando Pipeline project provides pigs, equipment and training to families ready to make the investment in their future.