Project information

Water Making a World of Difference

To provide portable water for the first time to 5000 disadvantaged women, children, disabled and other people in 5 villages in one of the poorest country in Africa (Guinea Bissau). Along this, the project will improve health, equality and sustainability within those small villages.

January 2016 - March 2017

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, 2 of them do not live longer than 5 years. This is primarily due to diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea and malaria. Also many die from malnutrition. Many had to walk over 3 miles for water and spend 4-5 hours a day in doing this. They have no healthy food and had to rely on root vegetables. Villages have no health centre or even proper roads to reach one.


    Water changes life. We will be providing water points within 500 meters of every household in the villages, providing them good access to clean water. We will also construct latrines and provide a comprehensive health promotional activities. We will also work with women in setting market gardens to grow their vegetables and also run targetted equality workshops encouraging women to take 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 portable water for 5000 people


    » Construct 5 water points within 500 meters of every household. The wells will be closed and have a hand pump.

    5 wells will be constructed within 500 meters of each household. GPS positions, photographs and videos of community using will be available.

    Aim 2

    Reduce mortality and water borne diseases.


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

    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.

    Aim 3

    Provide opportunities to have healthy food and reduce malnutrition


    » Install 5 market gardens for 250 women to participate. They will be provided with tools, seeds and training on nurturing and preventing from diseases.
    » Provide 60 sessions of horticulture, market garden training for 250 women. They will be trained by professional horticulturist.

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

  • Impact


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


    There is a general risk of Ebola spreading to Guinea Bissau from neighbouring countries. Also, prolonged rain (the rainy season varies over the years) – could hinder the project progress. For those natural risks, we would have a very closer monitoring of the situation. There are other risks such as not having appropriate staff, increased value on materials. We will be keeping the staff motivated and engaged in the programme and use our procurement policy.


    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) will be provided.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £70,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 5 Wells Complete wells, including materials, labour and pumps that had to be imported from India.
      £15,000 5 Market Gardens Provision of fencing, seeds, training
      £7,500 10 latrines Provision of latrines for male and female members of the community
      £17,500 Health Promotion 60 Health promotion activities including materials and staff

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Miasma Family Christian Foundation £5,000 Conditional
  • Background


    The project will be delivered in 5 villages south of Bissau. The rate of cholera is higher and poverty level is higher within 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 work in the remotest parts of the African countries - reaching the very poorest.

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

    We have the infrastructure and staff team on the ground who knows the community well

    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 the past 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 Amarilio Da Mata

    Country Director of Guinea Bissau. He manages a team of 4 on the ground. He will be responsible for sourcing and executing the programme on the ground


Will provide water for one person for LIFE