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Renewal Energy

The biofarm is the only centre in Africa that features four functional renewable energy sources in one place. We have a mini-hydroelectricity dam, wind turbines, solar panels, and biodigesters. In addition to the staff, participants, and animals on the Biofarm, several schools, religious institutions, and community buildings in neighbouring communities are benefiting from these energy sources. As a unique location in Africa, the Biofarm attracts interns, professors, technicians, and researchers from across Cameroon and other countries. Participants in the training courses regularly offered at the Biofarm are trained in the operations and use of these energy sources, and SHUMAS will shortly be offering short-courses focused specifically on renewable energy. Less than 50% of people in rural areas in Cameroon have access to safe drinking water. Many water sources are merely streams that are shared with animals and used for diverse activities such as washing clothes and farming. This lack of potable water leads to a high prevalence of water-related illnesses, and causes women and children to walk long distances to fetch water, wasting time that could be used for economic and educational pursuits. To address this, SHUMAS provides potable water to communities and schools, and encourages good hygiene through the construction of toilet blocks at health centres and schools. Similar to school and health centre construction projects, SHUMAS provides industrial materials and technical oversight, while the community provides local materials and participates in construction. SHUMAS works with the community to establish a water management committee that will oversee the maintenance and management of the water supply after completion, and ensure the catchment area is protected. Our water systems are either gravity flow systems or well systems. We construct new catchments and supplies, and extend already-existing systems to expand their reach. So far, more than 35 communities and about 70 schools have benefited from potable water and/or toilets.
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