Current situation

Bissunaga is a rural village, in the north of Guinea Bissau. It has a total population of 2,337, made up of 127 households. There are 1,106 men and boys and 1,231 women and girls.

There are currently no government or NGO backed water and sanitation projects in place or planned for this region.

The community has three existing wells: two dugout wells near the paddy rice field area and one old pump built by the Portuguese in 1739. The wells are not in good condition and the water is often contaminated. These wells do not serve the whole community.

The Bissunaga community has no communal toilet, although some houses do contain pits.

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 prevalent in this region.

How will we help?

We are working with this community to:

  • build a new well
  • construct toilets
  • construct a market garden
  • provide training on basic agricultural skills to increase local food production in order to tackle poverty and hunger

What will it cost?

  • Cost of a well: £6,000
  • Toilet per family: £150
  • 32 toilets needed: £4,800
  • Market Garden (per year): £2,500
  • Health promotion and education: £3,500

Potential long term impact

By having a sustainable water source, the community can rise out of poverty. Disease reduction means less money spent on hospital bills and time caring for the sick. Children accessing education means they are less likely to start families young and can gain a career. There are also many ways in which the water can be used, for example families can grow and sell their own produce through the creation of market gardens.


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