DESPAR supports the 'Water for life' project for installing drinking water facilities in different parts of the city of Grand Bassam, in Côte d'Ivoire.
The project, an initiative of non-profit organisation 'Associazione Gruppo Abele O.N.L.U.S.', also includes various activities aimed at raising awareness among the inhabitants and educating on water usage.
The project aims at improving the quality of life of the inhabitants of five areas of Grand Bassam where drinking water is currently not available. Improving knowledge about the use of water from a health and safety perspective among inhabitants and young trainees of the Communauté Abel is another goal. Additionally they seek to improve training and productivity chances at the "Centre Abel" which is a vocational training centre for disadvantaged young people. Within this project, the water system of the 'Centre Abel' will be repaired.
As in many African countries, the lack of drinking water in the Ivory Coast affects nearly half of the population. It is estimated that about eight million Ivorians do not have access to drinking water. This problem causes serious effects on people's health: ailments such as Typhoid fever, Guinea worm disease or dermatosis are unfortunately very widespread