Cameroon Empowerment Program


The team: Daniel, Sam, Emily, Kimberly, David, Noe

WE ARE the “Cameroon Macaroons” of the Cameroon Empowerment Program (CEP). We are working in collaboration with Farmer Tantoh of Cameroon, Africa to create an integrative solar pump water retrieval system alongside the community.

END GOAL | To implement a sustainable water retrieval system in the community of Nkambe, Cameroon, Africa that will provide accessible clean drinking water to a community of 5000 people. This will be done through the main components of a submersible solar pump and a water filtration process. In addition, community engagement will occur through local agricultural students having the opportunity to learn about solar pump installation through assistance and a visual guide. We plan to implement this project as a student group on site by July 2016. By the end of 2017, we plan to have to supported the non-profit and student implementation of 20 systems across Cameroon.


Schematic of System: Solar Panels, Submersible Pump, Storage Tank, and Biosand Filtration System (BSF)

COMMUNITY PARTNER |Farmer Tantoh is a native of Nkambe, Cameroon. His mission to work for African rural communities began in 1996 while he was still a student in secondary school. Following his passion in agriculture he performed and kept accurate records of his extensive field research, earning him the nickname, “Farmer”. After high school, he attended the Regional College of agriculture where he graduated with a Higher National Diploma as a senior agricultural technician, specializing in spring water catchment protection and agroforestry. Despite lack of support from his government and local council, he continued to pursue his vision for SYFA (Save Your Future Association).

CURRENT NEEDS | We are always looking for funding and donation opportunities to get to Phase II: Implementation.


Clinton Global Initiative University 2015: Official Project

The Resolution Project 2015: Semi-Finalist

USD San Diego Social Innovation Challenge 2015: Finalist

UCSD Social Innovation Fund 2015: Award Recipient – $1000


ESW, Ryan Crawford (UCSD), Brandon Marin (ChemE PhD), Tawnee Shende (CGIU 2015), Mario Zuniga (Peace Corps), EWB DC, SAIWI (Reno), Jennifer Burney (UCSD), Pamela Engler (UCSD), Primo Vannicelli (United Nations Association)

CONTACT | Project leader:Jessica Uy ( and Marcus Wada (