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Drilling project – Human powered pump in Famleng


Famleng(1) is neighbourhood in Bandjoun located in western Cameroon, Koung-Khi Department.

Bandjoun is located some 10 km south of Bafoussam and some 230 km north-east of Douala. Access to the commune is by the N4 road from Bafoussam which passes through the commune then goes south-east to Bayangam. The N5 road branches from the N4 in the commune and goes south-west to Batié. The Route Bangou also branches from the N4 in the commune and goes south through the town to Bangou.

The Noun River (2)

The Noun River is a river of the West Province of Cameroon. It arises at Lake Oku (6°11′34″N 10°27′14″E / 6.19278°N 10.45389°E) and flows south, it is joined by the Monoun River and flows south in the valley between the mountains Ngotsetzezan and Mount Yahou. It turns east at about 5° N latitude. Its mouth is at the Mbam River (4°54′42″N 11°06′02″E / 4.91167°N 11.10056°E), which itself is a tributary of the Sanaga River.

(1) In the village, CODEFA (Comité de développement de Famleng) targets and identifies the needs of the people

(2) Content from Wikipedia

It forms the boundary between the Bamiléké area and the Bamun area, and played a key role in the history of the Bamileke people.

The Noun River was dammed at Bamendjing in 1975 (5°41′55″N 10°30′03″E / 5.69861°N 10.50083°E) creating a reservoir with the same name. At its maximum the reservoir is 32 km long and 276 km wide. Its surface area varies between 150 km2 and 300 km2.

Locality : Famleng
Area : Bandjoun, 274 km2

Weather: 16°C, Wind SW at 3 mph (5 km/h), 100% Humidity

Population: 6,872 (2012)

Department: Koung-Khi
Famleng has 5,000 inhabitants with several primary schools and few health centres without water facilities. The company in charge of water, La Camerounaise des Eaux serves in the whole village (Bandjoun) 7% of the population. The population is forced to travel for kilometre looking for drinking water.


–                     Increase and enhance actions for water in rural areas

–                     Sustained improvements to the lives of women, children

–                     Reduce the time taken to get water from the spring or a river

–                     Substantially reduce the risk of diseases, e.g : cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery, bilharzia and polio.