Project information

Water for Bissau

People in the remotest islands of Guinea Bissau are very much disadvantaged with lack of water, sanitation and healthy food. We would want to expand our work in five islands providing safe source of water, sanitation and market gardens supporting over 8000 people - therefore improving health.

one year

Charity information: The Measham Family Christian Foundation

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  • Need


    Many live here, do not have access to safe water. The sources are very shallow and people drinking them often fall ill or even die. The people in the islands are very isolated and very poor. They had to depend on fish and some root plants for their survival. Their health is very poor and have very limited support. Children die as a result of water borne diseases. Women suffer from ill health as they had to walk a long way to fetch dirty water.


    Providing a water source, helps them re-build their lives. We provide closed wells - means that they are healthy. We provide education in promoting good health practices. We build latrines and educate them the benefits of them. We also work with a number of women and provide them agricultural training enabling them to grow healthy vegetables and also sell them in the nearest markets. We link other NGOs with the villages to provide sustainable support.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide clean and safe source of water for 8000 people in Guinea Bissau


    » Provide 5 Water Sources Build safe latrines Develop Market gardens and microwaving schemes

    A video and photographic slide show with case studies will be available.

  • Impact


    Improved sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation, gender equality, community economic activities and food security for people living in poverty in 15 rural communities in the North, South and the Bijagos Islands of Guinea Bissau. We will demonstrate this through feedback, testimonies and statistics.


    "• The political, economic and security situation remains stable allowing community-level actions to take place
    • Low rainfall does not limit overall water supply
    • No major disputes or conflicts within the community
    • Flooding or other environmental problems do not affect sanitation facilities
    • Cultural practices do not go against practices promoted
    • People continue to have sufficient time to attend training and participate
    We have developed the mitigation strategy.


    We will send regular update emails and physical letters. We will also update through social media.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £48,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Wells Construction of 2 wells for 1200 people
      £12,000 Latrines Construction of 20 latrines for women and children
      £16,000 Market gardens Construction of 2 market gardens with vegetables and cash crops
      £5,000 Communication and Marketing Marketing of new produce by the women
      £5,000 Staff Expert Staffing Costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Mr Howard £8,000 Conditional
  • Background


    The project will be in Guinea Bissau.64% of the population does not have access to safe water, which makes the survival prospects of people in Guinea-Bissau alarming. 80% of children and women are affected by pollution and microbial levels of contamination in water. The water borne diseases and mortality are in increase. The principal causes of mortality are: malaria (responsible for 35% of deaths), followed by diarrhoeal diseases (15%). While it is endemic, malaria accounts for


    The project aims to support the poor, economically inactive, women and children.There is a need to increase the supply of water (46% have no access) and sanitation facilities (43% open defecation) in above areas in order to decrease the risk of waterborne diseases and improve quality of life. In 2012, 3’280 cases of cholera were reported in 6 regions: Bijagos, Biombo, Cacheu, Oio, Quinara, Tomabli.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Wellfound has received Globe Energy Award (2013 and 2016) for its water and sanitation programme in Guinea Bissau - demonstrating its capability in delivering projects achieving community benefits. Wellfound has already constructed 13 wells and 36 latrines in GB since 2006. This has helped over 75,000 people who live in extreme poverty. We have an office and an operational structure in Bissau with experienced partners.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Joao Le (Staff)

    He will be leading the project on the ground


    He will provide technical help on Agriculture

    Dr Antony Kingsley

    He will be the lead reporter and evaluator for the project. CEO of WellFound

    Mr Howard Measham

    Chair of the charity and will be providing technical and administrative support