In February, 2007, we traveled to this Northwest African nation to train several local and international missions groups in hand augering and in soap-making. All of the details and logistics were coordinated by nationals. We worked from Bamenda, with the project being in Ntem, a village of about 2000 people. We drilled one of only 2 wells that have water during the dry season, and it is located in a primary school serving 132 kids (part of the Cameroon European Union Cooperation). Soap training was given to about 30 people, including one local pastor who hopes to use this new skill as an outreach to Muslims in the north of the country. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we were able to leave an EXP-50 drill rig in the care of locals.
HydroLog: 02/15/07-02/24/07. Location: N 06 19.420, E 011 02.153. Elevation: 791 meters. Well site at Ntem primary school. Site #1: Sandy clay at surface to 2.5ft, then red clay to 9ft. Changed to clay with “chalk” stone to 12ft. Ran into rock at 12 ft. Site#2: Moved 5ft toward school from site #1. Red clay to 15ft, then clay with white “chalk”. At 21ft, turned to sticky, clumpy chalk & clay mix. Drilled to 30ft on day 1 – clay moist but not damp. Day 2, drilled to 33ft. Now 60/40 chalk/clay mix. Water hit at 36ft. At 41ft, clay changed to gray with sand, then gray with gravel. Well cased at 43ft with 10.8 ft water column.
Health center (2 km away) is only public access well (12 meters) to have water during dry season. Equipped with Afridev/India metal pump. Hand dug well nearby 33ft with water at 27ft
Pump Supplies: “Vente der machines”. Located in Bafoussam (between Douala & Bamenda). Phone 966-02-06 or 344-41-56. Afridev type pump or electric pump complete down to 18 meters = 200,000 fr.