In Cameroon, Cathy Molloy and Visi Edwin work cooperatively with the Water Committes in each of the villages. In Ottawa, a volunteer Board of Directors designs events and other fundraising activities.
Our Members in Cameroon
Sister Cathy Molloy, a native of New York City, has been living and working in the Kumbo area of Cameroon for the past 10 years. Cathy is a sister of the Congregation of Notre Dame (CND). She has worked in the United States as a teacher, adminstrator and librarian prior to going to Africa.
When she discovered that many people in her area in Cameroon had no access to clean water because they could not afford the water fee, she determined to do something about it. In cooperation with willing and generous villagers in the area, a plan was created to pipe fresh spring water from neighbouring hillsides into the areas closer to where people were living. The realization of this plan in many villages has meant that people no longer have to rely on polluted streams for their water.
Edwin Visi, a native of the Kumbo area of Cameroon, is a qualified civil engineer and project manager. Edwin has worked with the OK Clean Water Project, since 2008, in partnership with Cathy Molloy. He has helped the villagers at every stage of their projects, in the planning, overseeing the construction and in the follow-up training and maintenance sessions. His skill as an organizer and his expertise in all aspects of the construction work has been invaluable in the realization of the various village projects.
Our Members in Ottawa
Officers and Board of Directors
Carmel Horan, President
Carmel is a retired teacher and has been a member of the OK Clean Water Project since its inception in 2003. She has worked closely with schools who have supported the project through their many creative fundraising endeavours and also with other committee members in various activities to promote awareness of the project. Carmel became involved in this project to assist in improving the health and well-being of our brothers and sisters in this global community.
Kathy Monkman, Vice-President
Kathy is a “mini-entrepreneur” involved in the design, teaching and sale of creative arts. She currently welcomes visiting students into her home as well. Having visited the Project site in Africa, she has seen the enormous impact OK has had on the quality of life of its recipients and considers it an honour to be involved with such an efficient charity.
Louise Garby, Secretary
Louise, a native of Montreal, has been living in Ottawa for 26 years. She is a retired elementary school principal. Several years ago she became interested in the OK Clean Water Project through her school’s fundraising efforts. She chose to volunteer with the Project because it is an Ottawa-based, grassroots organization with many success stories and little overhead costs. Louise enjoys working alongside such a dedicated and knowledgeable group of people from different walks of life.
James (Jim) Yan – Treasurer
Jim has been actively involved with the OK Project since 2007. Water as a development issue has always been of interest to him. What attracted him to this project was its low overhead and direct partnership between the Ottawa volunteers and the people in Kumbo. Jim retired from Nortel after 28 years of service and is currently an adjunct research professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University. He received his Ph.D.in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and is a Professional Engineer in Ontario.
Bernadette (Bernie) O’Neill
Having lived by large bodies of fresh water a lifetime, Bernie finds it somewhat unfathomable to believe that so many live without access to fresh clean water. She feels that the OK Clean Water Project provides an opportunity to work directly with the people of Cameroon in a true partnership. Bernie is a retired teacher and pastoral minister who now volunteers with hospice outreach
Maureen is a retired social worker who moved to Ottawa in 2007 and heard about the project through contacts in Montreal and found the idea of this kind of simple grassroot approach both in Ottawa and Cameroon so effective. After attending the fall brunch shortly after she arrived with her husband where they met the people involved and found out more about how the project works, Maureen decided to help contribute in some way to this impressive and so needed work. After 5 years it continues to be amazing what a small group of people over here can do in order to help make the lives of many more people in Kumbo easier through access to clean water.
Yaah Hilder Langwa
I am a native of Nso a traditional ruler with the title of Yaah from my tribe.I belong to the NGANGseWONG a traditional rulers organization of all title rulers from Nso a branch in North America, with the mandate of cultural and economic development of Nso. I have always worked in health care and Geriatrics. I live in Ottawa and work as a Restorative care coordinator. My home in kumbo was one of the first homes to receive water from the project I was inspired by the fact that the project deals with full participation of my people in Kumbo and volunteers from Ottawa and the States with very little overhead cost.
Evelyn Musonge a cameroonian from the South West Region first went to Bui division in 1970 when her Brother in Law Mr. Johnson Bate Agborsangaya managed the first pipe borne water project in Kumbo. I joined the group because I was very touched by the selflessness of non-Cameroonians for a Cameroonian cause. It was also a way to continue in the path that my brother in law started. Evelyn is a Senior Software Tester at Abbott Pointe of Care - a medical diagnostic biotechnology company in Ottawa.
Sitting (left to right): Carmel Horan, Evelyn Musonge, Louise Garby and Hilder Langwa
Standing (left to right): Kathy Monkman, Bernie O'Neill, Jim Yan and Maureen Ramsay
Water is now running in my compound. I am grateful. All my neighbours are happy too. We are feeling very free. No more worry about clean water. No more shortage of water. No more carrying heavy containers for long distances. Joy is in our hearts.– Shey Anastasia