Malapa Village is a remote, impoverished community in the subdivision of Moloundou situated near a dirty river in East Cameroon. In addition to the villagers, many more people live spread-out in the surrounding forest. The East Region of Cameroon has very little industry, with its main commerce consisting of logging, timber, and mining. Instead, the bulk of its inhabitants are subsistence farmers. The region is thus of little political importance and is often ignored by Cameroonian politicians. This coupled with the low level of development in the province have led to it being dubbed “the forgotten province”.
The majority of the people who live here have historically worshiped traditional tribal gods, but they are now being reached by our ministry partner and their permanent missionaries who have started a church-planting movement among the people. They are well received and now live among the people. They are working with them to develop better farming practices and meet continuously with the people for ongoing discipleship.
The nearby dirty river is their source for drinking water and all their household needs. The river water is shared with animals. It is a 20-minute walk to the river for the closest residents and the trip could much longer, depending how far out in the forest one lives. The river is also extremely dangerous, especially when children are sent to fetch water. It is down-hill and slippery to access the water at the river’s edge. To avoid the dirty, dangerous river water the people tried, but failed, to dig their own open well. They only got so far and they never found water. Our well site will be selected with a hydro geo survey and will be a machine drilled deep well, drilling to depth to reach clean water.
Sickness is common and the common diseases suffered are typhoid and dysentery. The nearest hospital is far away and it is very costly for the people to go there to get treated.