Who We AreOttawa-Kumbo Partnership
The OK clean Water Project began in 2003 as a partnership between two groups of people - one in Ottawa, Canada, and one in Kumbo, Cameroon, Africa. Sister Cathy Molloy, living in the Kumbo area, invited the Ottawa group to respond to the needs of the people in her tiny village of Tobin. Of the 21 families living there, 11 had no access to potable water and had to rely on a polluted stream or walk long distances for water. The Ottawa group responded by raising $3,000 to help these 11 families. And thus the Ottawa-Kumbo partnership was born and was named "OK Clean Water Project".
The OK Clean Water Project thus takes its name from the link that has been developed between Ottawa and Kumbo.
The volunteers in Ottawa raise funds to support the water delivery systems being built in Kumbo and surrounding villages. The villagers in and around Kumbo volunteer their labour to build the water delivery structures and then receive training to manage and maintain the water supply. In doing so they establish ownership of their efforts.
I am the eldest of seven children so in many ways I have to replace my father and take care of the family. My mother is a hard working farmer but counts a lot on me. Having running water in our compound is more than we can imagine.– Flora and Isidore