Cameroon Project

Mbokop, Cameroon

Cameroon Water and Health Project- Mbokop, Cameroon

Nestled in the mountains of the Cameroon’s Northwest region, the rural village of Mbokop is home to roughly 2,200 people from three primary tribes speaking three main languages, and following two major religions. The population of Mbokop is spread across five settlements. This diverse community primarily supports itself through subsistence farming and herding livestock, but lacks basic services such as safe drinking water, proper sanitation, and electricity.

Currently, the community’s drinking water supply comes from two main sources, springs and surface water streams. There is an existing spring box system and piping to standpipes in only one of the five settlements within Mbokop. However, the water does not flow year-round, there are concerns about water quality, and the water distribution points are only convenient for utilization by one of the five settlements within the community.

EWB-DC began their partnership with the community of Mbokop in May 2012, and spent the next several months forming a team and conducting two assessment trips to the community in March 2013 and November 2013. In January 2015, EWB-DC conducted the first implementation trip to Mbokop.

During the assessment trips, the EWB-DC team partnered with local NGOs to assess the current water sources, conduct focus groups with the community, and conduct a quantitative household survey to collect information on community demographics, water, sanitation, and hygiene practices. In 2014, the project transitioned from the assessment phase into the design and implementation phase through which Mangi was selected by the Mbokop community as the first settlement to receive an improved drinking water system. Beginning in early 2015, the EWB-DC team broke ground on the installation of a spring-fed, gravity water system.

In addition to the installation of key infrastructure components for the water system, EWB-DC will spend time on each implementation trip with community leaders in Mbokop working towards the water, sanitation, and health goals prioritized by the Mbokop Health Committee. SIRDEP and EWB-DC will also continue training the Mbokop Water Committee to build their capacity to manage the water infrastructure in the settlement and ensure its long-term sustainability.

Cameroon Project Leads

Contact Info:
Project Reporting: 525 Pre-implementation Report

Aileen Craig joined the EWB-DC Professional Chapter in August 2015. She was previously involved in the EWB student chapter at Carnegie Mellon University. She has a BS in Civil Engineering and a MS in Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. She traveled on an implementation trip to Mbokop in March of 2016. During this trip she was on the implementation team, and helped construct the next phase of the gravity fed water system. She currently works at RK&K as a Water Resource Engineer. In her free time Aileen enjoys running, reading, live music, and spending time with friends and family..

Eric Tilden has been involved with EWB for over 2 years, beginning in Sonoma, California. Since moving to DC in the end of 2015, he was been active within the local DC Professional Chapter. Outside of EWB, Eric is the Program Manager of Sustainability & Green Building Advocacy at the National Association of Home Builders, one of the largest trade associations in the United States. Eric is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer, and earned his MS in Civil Engineering.