The SUEZ Initiatives fund and the Orange Foundation have come together and signed a partnership agreement on the Villages programme.
The aim: To develop synergies that will benefit the village of Walia in Guinea as well as Conakry and Bangou Carrefour in Cameroon.
This partnership opens up new opportunities for the future for people living in these remote areas.
Two complementary partners
Initiated by the Orange Foundation, these Villages have already been equipped with 3 types of infrastructure that provide access to education, medical care and water.
The SUEZ Initiatives fund is a humanitarian commitment of the SUEZ Group aimed at combating exclusion. In particular, it promotes access to water, sanitation and waste management for disadvantaged communities in developing countries.
The actions planned will be implemented by teams from within the association, with the support and involvement – in the form of skill-sharing and whenever possible – of employees of the Suez Group, who will work on-site to put in place activities that will strengthen the quality and durability of the solutions implemented (technical, institutional, economic, etc.).
The village of Walia in Guinea Conakry
The school in Walia is attended by 150 children; the population of the village is 4,000. The project, piloted by NGO Aide et Action International, is intended to facilitate education and help children, particularly girls, to succeed at school.
In addition to a 3-classroom primary school and a manager’s office, separate toilets will also be built. The project also includes plans to sink an improved well at Tonya school, the rebuilding of the Walia healthcare centre, and the provision of a well complete with a manually operated pump in the Tonya area. The completion of 30 sanPlat (sanitary platform) public toilets is also planned with the aim of improving health and hygiene within the community.
Health education staff and local agents will be trained to ensure the sustainable management of the infrastructures.
The village of Bangou Carrefour in Cameroon
In Bangou Carrefour (a project managed in collaboration with NGO LUKMEF-Cameroon), the goal is to provide drinking water to 4,500 schoolchildren and the general population by constructing two wells in the community school and the healthcare centre. There are also plans to build two blocks of toilets, with access to water for handwashing.
Two committees will manage these infrastructures in the long term (the pupils’ parents’ association and the health committee). These will be made up of villagers chosen by the community for their ability to manage the healthcare infrastructure and water access facilities. The committee members will be trained so that they can explain to the community how the infrastructures are supposed to operate and how to use them properly.
Access to water will be free for pupils and those who are ill. The remainder of the community will pay a maintenance fee to the management committee, amounting to 10 centimes for 20 litres of water.
In addition to their specific skills, the Orange Foundation and the Suez Initiatives Fund have the common objectives of innovation, exchange of expertise and project sustainability to improve in the long term the quality of life of the most vulnerable people who are stakeholders in the projects.