Through March and April, OCP worked with local communities around Wamba to construct four new water sources. These locations were chosen for rehabilitation to provide clean water sources for communities bordering the Okapi Wildlife Reserve. A single water source can often provide access to clean water for thousands of residents, making it an important fixture for communities. Before these water sources were constructed, communities were forced to collect water from stagnant sources, often putting them at risk from contaminated water and waterborne diseases. As M’Bete Ngume, in charge of infrastructure and maintenance at OCP reminds us, “Water is Life.”
The construction of the water sources was met with great enthusiasm by local communities as they provide water for schools, health centers, markets, and local Pygmy populations. The team took precautions to provide ample space to work under COVID-19 restrictions. We continue to identify additional locations to rebuild water sources around the Reserve, including a new source in Mambasa near our Education building.
Providing clean water is not only a necessity, but it builds a strong relationship between communities and OCP. Reserve projects are all led and completed by Reserve residents, including female Lead Engineer Solange and lead technician M’Bete. See the progress we have made below: