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Mbohtong village is a small mission station of Shisong parish in the North-West region of Cameroon where Well4Africa has already implemented one water project. St. Anthony’s community of Mbohtong is a part of the Sacred Heart local OFS fraternity in Shisong. It is the second permanent residence of lay consecrated women’s group recognized by the local Church and assisted by the Capuchin Friars.

Mbohtong was a very small village until 10 years ago the Capuchin Friars founded St. Anthony of Padua Comprehensive College to meet the needs of less privileged children of that locality. Afterwards, the population of this area gradually increased. The current socio-political crisis which has led to a difficult war in Cameroon has resulted in displacement of many people within and beyond the national territory. This has further aggravated the already difficult water situation in this part of the country. Recently, due to the war many more people have left town areas seeking refuge in villages. Some of them have run away from daily shootings and many have lost their homes which have burned down during armed conflicts. This led to an increase of the population of Mbohtong from 50 to 400 people.

As the population of Mbohtong has drastically changed, the water supply which used to serve 50 people is no longer enough for several hundred. The villagers have found two good water sources down the hills of Mbohtong. The studies showed that both sources had good water supply and the main issue now is how to channel water from these two sources and provide tanks for people living down the hill.

Mbohtong water project consists of excavation, building a channel and installing non-pressure pipes, building two collection chambers of 1 m2 each and two small tanks of 2 m2 each, installing two taps on each tank. People of Mbohtong will provide all manual work and Capuchin Friars will feed the workers as their local contribution. From little savings over the years, which is about 400 euros, they will pay the plumber and the experts who will provide directions. The villagers will pay a monthly contribution (about 2 euros per year) for the maintenance and repair of water supply such as replacing broken pipes, taps, etc.

Mbohtong water project is under the supervision of the local OFS fraternity, represented by Vera Wirba OFS, the National Council of the OFS in Cameroon, represented by the national minister Genesis Gwainbi OFS, and the Custody of St. Francis of Assisi in Cameroon, represented by the custody bursar fr. Aloysius Ngongbi OFM Cap.

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