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Project information

Water: Making a World of Difference. Guinea Bissau

To provide clean drinking water for the first time to disadvantaged women, children, disabled and other people in a village in one of the poorest countries in Africa. Alongside this, the project will improve health and equality of the people and ensure sustainability of the facilities we provide.

February 2018 - March 2019

Charity information: The Measham Family Christian Foundation

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  • Need


    The project aims to reduce mortality and ill health caused by dirty water. Every year in Guinea Bissau, for every 10 children, two do not live longer than five years. This is primarily due to diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea and malaria. Many also die from malnutrition. They typically have to walk over 3 miles for dirty water and spend 4-5 hours a day in doing this. They have no healthy food and rely on root vegetables. Villagers have no health centre, nor even proper roads to reach one.


    Water changes life. We will be providing water points within 500 meters of every household in the village, providing them good access to clean water. We will construct latrines and provide a comprehensive health promotion programme. We will also work with women in developing market gardens to grow their vegetables and we also run targeted equality workshops, to encourage women to take an active role within the community. We will work with the people to draw up plans to sustain the facilities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide clean and potable water for a village in Guinea Bissau


    » Construct a water point within 500 meters of every household. The wells will be closed and have a hand pump.

    What success will look like

    A well will be constructed within 500 meters of each household. GPS positions, photographs and videos of people using the facility will be available.

    Aim 2

    Reduce mortality and water borne diseases.


    » Provide health promotional programmes encouraging using safe sanitation facilities and good hygiene practices.

    What success will look like

    Statics on mortality and water related diseases obtained from local health sources and also feedback from parents and local village leaders and teachers will demonstrate success.

    Aim 3

    Provide opportunities to have healthy food and reduce malnutrition


    » Install a market garden for 50 women to participate. They will be provided with tools, seeds and training on nurturing and preventing diseases.
    » Provide 12 sessions of horticulture, market garden training for 50 women. They will be trained by professional horticulturist.

    What success will look like

    Improved health index (healthy weight), reduction in diseases and availability of fresh vegetables from market garden will show that people are more healthy.

  • Impact


    The project will reduce water borne diseases amongst the community and improve their health through access to healthy vegetables. The community will have more money by selling vegetables and grains from the market garden. People who have been trained will have employment opportunities within the construction and mechanical fields. Overall, the project will have a great impact on the overall community.


    We have been working in African countries for ten years, and have first hand experience of the risks. We have well-developed and tested policies to deal with local procurement, working with vulnerable children and adults, and working in the social, economic and political situation which exists in Guinea-Bissau. Specific risks include health and safety, the climate (including the rainy season), and the potential lack of sustainability. We have a well trained local team able to manage these risks


    Monthly progress through photographs, digital diary and video of the project will be provided. We will also provide case studies of key beneficiaries (women, children, elderly).

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 1 Well Complete wells, including materials, labour and pumps.
      £4,000 1 Market Gardens Provision of fencing, seeds, training
      £3,000 20 latrines Provision of latrines for individual families
      £3,000 Health Promotion 12 Health promotion activities including materials and staff
  • Background


    The project will be delivered in a rural village in the south of Guinea-Bissau. The rate of disease is higher and poverty level is higher within the rural parts of the country. We always aim to work in the poorest parts of the country.


    93% of the population of Guinea Bissau live with less than 50 pence a day. The population we would support is those people. Most of them would be women, children, elderly and disabled.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have experience of working in the remotest parts of Africa - reaching the very poorest people.

    100% of public donations go directly to the project and not a penny is taken for administration.

    We have the infrastructure and staff team on the ground who know the local communities well.

    We have a track record of successful projects delivered in Guinea-Bissau and other countries since our formation in 2005.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mr Howard Measham

    He is the founding trustee of the charity. He has personal experience of providing water and sanitation programmes in Africa over 10 years.

    Dr Antony Kingsley

    Chief Executive Officer of Wellfound. Has over 15 years of national and international management experience. Has a PhD in water pollution studies.

    Mr Joao Ie

    Project Manager of Guinea Bissau. He manages a team of 7 on the ground. He will be responsible for sourcing and executing the programme on the ground


Will provide water for one person for LIFE