Current situation

Binhome is a rural village in the north of Guinea Bissau. It has a total population of 447,  made up of 47 households.

Currently there are five bucket and pulley wells in the community. However, most of these are in terrible conditions and in urgent need of repair. Many still produce contaminated water and others are running out of water.

The Binhome community has no communal toilet block. Some houses do however contain pits and traditional toilets fenced with zinc.

Due to the lack of water and sanitation facilities, health has been on a consistent decline. Infant mortality rates are extremely high, alongside the prevalence of water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera. Malaria and malnutrition are also extremely high in this region.

How will we help?

We are working with this community to:

  • build a new well
  • construct toilets
  • construct a market garden
  • promote gender equality by allowing women to take the lead on project activities
  • create an entrepreneurial mind-set so that the results of the work can be self-sustaining

What will it cost?

  • Cost of a well: £6,000
  • Toilet per family: £150
  • 16 toilets needed: £2,400
  • Market Garden (per year): £2,500
  • Health promotion and education: £3,500

Potential long term impact

Sustainability is one of our core values. The formation of water and sanitation committees brings together representatives from all of the community, including those from marginalised groups, such as women. Their role is to oversee and manage the building of the facilities and liaise with stakeholders. This can unite a community with a common goal and a central point with which everyone has a vested interest.


One thought on “Binhome

  • Alice Ladenburg

    I’ve come across your project and it looks fantastic. We’re on a 3-moth honeymoon (lucky us!) in west Africa and would like to spend part of it doing a little volunteering work for an environmental/educational project. I know that realistically a couple of weeks of volunteer contribution can sometimes be more hassle than it’s worth, but perhaps we can be useful in some capacity. My husband is an environmental and safety engineer and good with problem solving/building and I am an artist and writer and have I’ve done a fair amount of work with deforestation in Malawi –
    Our schedule is flexible, but at the moment we could be in Guinea Bissau in 1-2weeks.
    We wouldn’t expect free board and lodgings. We look forward to hearing from you
    All best
    Alice and Anderson


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