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Warka Village Cameroon
Cameroon
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Location:
Cameroon
Category:
health & sanitation
Phase:
under construction
Updated:
5 January 2023
The Warka Village is an integrated community designed to host up to 50 people, from Pygmies and other local ethnic groups, in need to live with dignity. An example of collaboration with the local community, on how to construct using indigenous techniques and local natural materials that respect the cultural identity of the place.
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Introduction
One of the most pressing and concerning human rights issues being witnessed today is the continued dispossession of traditional lands and territories  from indigenous peoples considered as ‘primitive’, economically unproductive, or not in line with modern aspirations. There are no rights for the indigenous peoples and by eradicating their traditional living style,we are lousing a treasure of intangible cultural heritage and socio-environmental structures that have codeveloped over millennia.
With disappearing cultures, we also face the disappearance of languages, wisdom and knowledge systems which, if gone, will be an immense loss for humanity as a whole. It is also a severe environmental threat. Indigenous peoples worldwide have been
the custodians of forests and other ecosystems for millennia, living in relative harmony with nature, taking
no more than what they need, thereby leaving enough
for the ecological systems to regenerate, and for other species to continue to thrive.
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Impact

Warka Water Inc is a nonprofit focused on innovative, and truly sustainable solutions, to some of humanity’s most enduring issues. Since 2019, together with local community, we started the warka village, to empower the local ethnic groups and restore the natural ecosystem. To bring a positive impact on the community by invigorating the local economy and providing women and children opportunities to invest their time in care, education, and other cultural and productive activities.
Our work is based on an in-depth study of local culture and the environment. The rediscovery of ancient traditional techniques and the use of local natural materials merged with cutting-edge technology. we aim to empower the local ethnic groups and restore the natural ecosystem. 
Since the begining of the project, 5 childrens already manage to go to school. Every community's member has now acces to water without having to walk toward the jungle for 30min.

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Core team
Our Warka Water Team is composed of Arturo Vittori, renowned architect, who create and develop Warka Water in 2017;
Pia Dosseh, Founder of Félicité (a french non-profit committed to help communities in developing countries since 2016), and president of Warka Water France;
Mélanie Lacroix, Young architect, inspired by Arturo’s work, who founded Warka Water France with Arturo;
Barabara Guassen, born and raised in Cameroon who created Warka water Cameroon, with the help of Arturo, to help communities of her country.

We work together with local member of the local community:
Biang Yves, Traditional Chef of the village Bibambi II. At the very begining of the process, he helped us to adapt the design of the pre-project and gave a part of his land when he was convinced that we were here to help and work with the pygmie community.
Then we worked more deeply with Chef Simon, leader of the pygmies. He helped us to understand the needs and traditions of the pygmies. Together we were able to design the perfect infrastructure for the community. He and the community members, showed and teached us how and where to collect material for the construction in respect with the forest and their traditions. 
Every workers of the construction site are local craftman, like Daniel Ondo Nze, carpenter. Local and traditional technics are used to build the village. This allowed the warka design to evolve according to local know-how. 
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Image gallery
warka village

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warka village

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childrenplaying with water produce by the warka tower

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Children with water

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Children learning basis hygiene

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Children going to school

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children going to school

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Warka Tower

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warka tower

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Warka Tower

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Warka Houses

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Warka house

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Working together

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Learning from culture

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replantig

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replanting

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construction site

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Technical drawings
warka sanitation

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warka tower

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warka tower

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warka village

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Warka water

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Help bring our project to life!

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Where are we now
The Warka Village is still in construction.We need your help to finish it. Until nowtwo of the Warka Tower are almost done and already in use. Six of the seven housing have been build, as wel as the storage section. Unfortunatly, the kitchen, the clinic, the installation of the solar panel and the sanitaire are not yet build. 
An indication of our team’s capacity:
50% funding already raised
70% expertise already found
50% materials / equipment already found
80% builders already found
Finance: € 44,000
It's important that the community, as well as water get acces to hygien, energy and health. We need support to build the infrastructure that will make it possible.
  • Warka village
15,000
  • Warka clinic
15,000
  • Warka Kitchen
4,000
  • Warka Atelier
10,000
Skills: Financial advice, PR & Marketing, Law & Politics
We would need people who have knowledge in accounting and the law to help us with subvention demands and legalisation our french structure to have a solid foothold in Europe and be able to promote the work of warka water. We also need marketing and volonteer people to help us with our visibilty.
Stuff: Equipment & tools
To allowed the village to reach sustainable energy, we would like to implement solar panel.
We also need equipment for the kitchen en the clinic.
Help bring our project to life!
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