Using GIS Cloud Technology to Map Taps in Kumba

We won the  GIS DAY CONTEST 2019 organised by GIS CLOUD.  They noticed the immense need for  sustainable projects in the clean water and sanitation sector  around the world and decided that the first three awards go to projects in the water sector and one award to any other type of mapping project.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The goal of this project is to ensure access to safe water resources  using the  Mobile Data Collection App of GIS Cloud to locate all water points found in Kumba.

Why carryout this project?

We won the  GIS DAY CONTEST 2019 organised by GIS CLOUD.  They noticed the immense need for  sustainable projects in the clean water and sanitation sector  around the world and decided that the first three awards go to projects in the water sector and one award to any other type of mapping project.

How will you go about this project?

  • Negotiating with all stakeholders who will facilitate our project activities (The government, INGOs, LNGOs, CSOs etc).
  • Using the Mobile Data Collection Application and Web Map Viewer to Collect, Inspect Data and work with accurate information in real time.
  • Manage data and teams on the go using Map Editor.
  • Respond to the public by presenting the analyzed data through a simple two way communication portal.

What are  your Project Activities so far?

Project activities to ensure safe water to the entire population started Thursday the 23rd of January 2020 and are ongoing as planned.

On the 20th of February 2020, we did a video coverage in Kumba 3 subdivision, Barombi to be precise to get first hand information from the denizens with regards to the current water situation in their area and what they are facing so far as clean water and sanitation hygiene is concerned. We interviewed the Quarter Head and some three denizens in our local language (pidgin).  Click here to access video

We recruited six mobile data collectors who started mapping on the 5th of March after MDC licences were assigned to them. These six newly recruited MDCs are those who live in the hard to reach areas were most of the non-state armed groups live. These areas which are: Mile one, Nkamlikum, Mbonge road, Kosala, and Fiango are known for several confrontations between the State armed forces and the non state armed forces.

What challenges do you face?

  • Lack of Finance: We don’t have financial resources to effectively carry out this project and as such we are forced to use our monthly income and allowances to cater for Transportation, feeding, video coverage, printings and other miscellaneous.
  • Inadequate Mobile Data Collectors: Our call for volunteers to participate for this activity was futile so we had to recruit 6 MDCs whom we have placed on a monthly salary of 50,000 FCFA (Equivalent of 95 USD) so they can effectively map out the hard to reach areas mentioned above.
  • Refusal by some Denizens to map their taps: The current crisis plaguing the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon has made majority of the citizens living in these areas to be skeptical about ever activity not related to health and provision of foodstuffs. We are however not alarmed by these attitudes but strive to educate them on the importance of this project. Change is very difficult for some people to accept and will often resist our activities. Since we cannot force them to accept our cause, we are to leave some taps unmapped.
  • Constant electricity cuts by the electricity supply company (Eneo): We cannot successfully carry out data, charge phones and laptops, and analyze data because sometimes there will be no electricity for 1 to 2 two days or more per week.
  • Slow internet connection: The current internet connection in Kumba is very slow which in turn slows down the time of transmission of data from MDC Application to Map Viewer.
  • We cannot conduct activities on Mondays because it has been aside as a Ghost town day by the non state armed groups in the Northwest and Southwest Regions.

What are your next moves?

After assessing the needs of the local community of Barombi Kang, we discovered they are currently facing a high level of water shortage especially during the dry season which is due to inconsistency of water supply by CAMWATER, with a majority of them not having WASH hardware in their homes as a result of lack of finance. Consequently, this problem has forced majority of the denizens to rely on unsafe water source which is not usually treated before consumption, in effect detrimental to the health of the entire household and the community at large.

We intend to contribute towards solving the problem of water and sanitation hygiene faced by the denizens of this local community by  rehabilitating  3 nonfunctional water points and Increasing the number of water outlets to ten per water distribution point. Read full project proposal  and  Budget breakdown.

Do you need partners and Donors?

We believe this project is a worthy cause that will do a great deal of good to the inhabitants of Kumba, the Government, NGOs and other Bodies. We’re excited to partner with you to make this project a reality, leading to a substantial long term benefit.

You can donate here.

I have some other questions?

Should you have any questions or wish to discuss this project further, please reach out to our project manager

Name: TABONG PHILIP NCHUA JUNIOR

Email: [email protected]

Tel.: +237 675552594