Profile: Tanguieta, Benin

January 5, 2007 at 6:07 pm Leave a comment

“Water development is the essential problem of life.

For Tchomi-Kandi Mondja and her twin brother the search for water was an endless journey. Trips to the village well, carrying up to five gallons of water in an open basin balanced precariously on her head, were made four times a day. It is a journey made continuously by the almost 700 million people living in sub-Saharan Africa. Even when water from cisterns and wells is available, it is often unsafe to drink. Each year 1.8 million people, 90% of them children, die from diseases caused by contaminated water.

Now Mondja is studying water at Université d’Abomey-Calavi in Contonou, Benin. Along with students from Notre Dame she is searching for simple ways to detect nitrate in local water supplies, a common contaminant that causes miscarriages, thyroid disorders and cancer. She will help teach villagers to test the water themselves with inexpensive paper strips, and to identify the source of contamination. Social and economic development in Africa hinges on the development of water resources.

Ness, Eric. (October 2006). The Village Well. Notre Dame Magazine. Retrieved December 28, 2006 from


Entry filed under: Africa, Benin, water.

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