Implement emergency measures to protect and extend the water supply in the Batibo district (pop. 70,000).
CAMAAY is a grassroots community empowerment NGO that is working with local elders and residents to solve a crisis in the availability of clean water in Batibo and the 13 other districts of the North West Region of Cameroon. Although most have water supply systems that were built fairly recently, many were poorly designed and most have been improperly protected and maintained. The villagers often end up drinking from nearby streams polluted with pesticides and animal feces, causing disease and even death.
We have complete baseline surveys of 7 of the districts, including Batibo, that identifies the current state of the system and the improvements needed but are in desperate need of volunteers to collect the information needed for feasibility studies that will make sure system extensions and replacements are properly designed and sized, and to protect water quality and availability until these improvements can be completed.
-Lake Oku; Lake Oku is a beautiful crater lake surrounded by lush forest. You can chose to either hike there and back, or take a motorbike taxi there and hike the return part of the trip. Oku Forest is a nature reserved, set up by Bird Life International and there are many species to be found there, including the rare Bannerman’s turaco and a rare breed of frog which is endemic to the area. There are many other rare flora and fauna within the forest.
-Contact Al Hadji in Mbam (Just outside of Fundong) for a nice day of horse or pony riding through the Mbam highlands in Cameroon. Experience is not required as the staff will be able to find an appropriate horse/pony for you and will adjust the pace or guide the animals if required.
-Savannah Botanic Gardens (SABOG);The gardens are situated in the town of Bafut and were created by Professor Ngwa Che Ntehnda. The gardens contain many interesting features other than plants, such as the ‘Gardens of Gethsemane’ meditation area and a fruit orchard. There is also a restaurant and bar (housed in a traditional boukarous) and a child’s activity area. It is possible to book a room at the gardens if you want to stay overnight in Bafut.
We will meet your flight and transport you to the accommodations we have located for you.