Moukoulounou is a very impoverished village situated along a dirty river in eastern Cameroon, bordering Congo. They are of the Bomwali tribe, a unique tribe of 9000, they live in villages along the banks of the Ngoko river. It’s very remote – they live in relative isolation. They were considered an unreached people group when our partners began ministering to them last year. They are in urgent need of clean water – the muddy, contaminated river in the photos is their drinking water source. It is dangerous gathering this water as the river banks are steep and slippery. They live in constant, varying levels of sickness. Everyone, young and old, complains of itchy skin rashes and diarrhea. The children suffer from parasites. There is also cholera and typhoid. The nearest hospital is far away, requiring a boat ride, and it is very costly for the people to go there to get treated.
Note: There are surrounding small villages above and below Moukoulounou who will come for the clean, safe water to drink. Often, they will come for the water is by boat and fill with clean water to take back to their neighboring villages. It is difficult to determine exactly how many people will come, but it is safe to say that making access to clean water is probably the greatest luxury they will experience in their very humble lives.
They drink the river water for 8 months of dry season. During rainy season they go into the forest a bit to grow cocoa beans. They will drink from streams sin the forest during rainy season. If they had access to clean water, they would come out of the forest to drink and not drink stream water.
Moukoulounou is 1*56’06”N 15*20’02”E. It is 15 miles from Malapa 2*00’46”N 15*14’56”E (our first well project here.)
Unfortunately many factors combined to prevent this project from being completed – mechanical failures, COVID-19 restrictions and illnesses, severe weather conditions, and others. In March of 2022, the funds were reallocated to two well projects in Malawi: Henele Village and Chimthuli Village.