Yaoundé, March 29, 2012
U.S. Embassy launches Ambassador's Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in Schools Initiative project at Saint André Primary and Nursery School in Pouma.
Deputy Chief of Mission Lisa Peterson today will launch a project under the Ambassador's Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in Schools Initiative (A-WASH) at the Saint André Primary and Nursery School in Pouma (Littoral Region). The goal of the A-WASH program is to support the development of safe water, adequate sanitation, and hygiene education in schools around the world.
On September 26, 2011, the U.S. Embassy and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) signed an agreement to jointly support A-WASH at the Saint André Primary and Nursery School. The $18,000 cost of the program will be covered by $8,000 from the U.S. Embassy, $5,000 from CRS, $4000 from the Millennium Water Alliance, and $1,000 from the community. The project entails the construction of a borehole to provide potable water, separate latrines for boys and girls, and hand-washing stations. Additionally, the school will conduct hygiene and sanitation education activities. Expected to be completed in six months, the project will benefit almost 200 students and staff at the school and more than 2,000 residents in the vicinity.
This A-WASH pilot project for Cameroon will serve as a showcase for local and central government authorities and other stakeholders to copy at other schools in the country. As Cameroon struggles to cope with the heavy burden and high mortality rate of cholera, the A-WASH program aims to create good will, strengthen communities, and, most importantly, save lives.
For more information about the Ambassador's Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in Schools Initiative (A-WASH) grants, contact the Embassy at +237 2220-1500, extension 4321 or 4171.
For more information about the A-WASH project in Pouma (Littoral Region), contact Aurelie Nyapeye Yatchou, Program Manager, CRS-Yaounde
Tel: +237 2221-2030 or +237 2221- 5561
For further information on the event, please contact the Information Section of the U.S. Embassy, Yaoundé, Tel. 2220-1500, extension 4162.