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Albertine Mbangoe collects water from a borehole constructed with support from Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Niewa village, Eastern Cameroon. It is maintained by a water management committee, which includes both members of the local community and refugees from the Central Africa Republic (CAR).


A massive influx of refugees from Central African Republic (CAR) to East Cameroon has put a significant strain on local resources, including access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure, which has created tensions between refugees and host communities. With support from CRS private funds and Latter-day Saint Charities, CRS is addressing the needs and reduce tensions by providing access to WASH infrastructure, including latrines slabs and boreholes for clean, safe water access.

The project, also known as, “Expanded Emergency WASH in Kadey, East Cameroon for CAR Refugees and Host Communities” is targeting the most vulnerable out-of-camp refugees and communities hosting them.

CRS Cameroon will implement the project over 12 months in partnership with local partner, the Comite Diocesain des Activites Sociales et Caritatives (CODASC) - Batouri.

Photo by Michael Stulman/Catholic Relief Services