We’re pleased to have completed the construction of 35 borewells in Cameroon, providing safe and easy access to water for rural communities neighbouring our natural rubber plantations. The process has involved the employment of hydraulic excavators to drill depths of 60 – 100 meters to locate water sources before the installation of pumps and the construction of the access point; a process spanning three weeks. Additionally, we are actively planning the development of further borewells in the region.
This project forms part of our Social Action Plan, our 5-year programme to support the socio-economic development of over 40 local and indigenous communities. Initial community consultations have been implemented by local NGOs, and the resultant initiatives have been overseen by community representatives. Other focus areas include: funding, agriculture, education, health, and the preservation of the indigenous Baka culture. So far the initiatives have included the coverage of school fees, healthcare campaigns, funding for the protection of 60,000 ha of forest, and direct investment into the indigenous Baka and Bagyeli communities.