Cali is a small village with a total population of 408 people in rural Guinea-Bissau.
WellFound has been working here, in partnership with the local people, since June 2017.
Before starting work, the WellFound CEO and local Project Manager in Guinea Bissau undertook a needs assessment. They identified that the village lacked access to fresh clean water, had very poor sanitation facilities and no access to nutritious food. People had to rely on an open spring for drinking water, and this spring was shared by animals. Children were carrying water for long distances back to the village and as a result did not have time to attend school. The rate of water-related disease was alarming and many villagers were malnourished.
WellFound’s approach is to plan for sustainability from the beginning.
The community was consulted and engaged to devise a plan of how the facilities were to be used and maintained long term. A Community Development Group and a Health Promotion Group, comprising all sections of the community, were set up. Regular financial contributions towards a Village Saving Scheme were agreed. With the assistance of the Ministry of Natural Resources, the community decided the location of the well and the market garden and agreed to build individual family latrines.
The WellFound CEO made an evaluation visit in February 2018 and the village is completely transformed.
All this through the transforming power of clean water…