Water is essential for life, for cooking, washing and bathing. Water is also essential for subsistence farmers, for irrigation and agricultural use. Most rural Cameroonian households collect their daily water needs from rivers and streams – this not only takes up valuable time but also means that the water sources are often polluted, and that collecting water for agricultural purposes is not possible so fields are left unirrigated. Increasing poverty among local communities displays their inability to attain certain social development objectives. Many people do not have access to clean water and health services due to poorly managed water sources and health facilities. Water related and sexually transmissible diseases such as cholera, malaria, dysentery, and HIV/AIDS are rife. Moreover, basic materials and equipment needed for the treatment of these diseases are either absent, inaccessible or unaffordable to these vulnerable communities. ECoDAs works to fight waste, pollution and the overuse of water through an ongoing effort to educate and raise awareness among the local population. We promote water conservation practices, participatory management of water and integrated watershed development and infrastructure.
ECoDAs seeks to contribute towards improving people’s health conditions and health infrastructure through:
- Forming and strengthening rural WASH institutions;
- The provision of potable water and health equipment to remote areas;
- Malaria and HIV/AIDS education;
- Provision of sanitation education and facilities;
- Promotion of proper water catchment management and restoration.