Upon completion of the project, our partner in the field reports...
The people of the Taureg Refugee Camp depend on relief aid as the refugees have nothing to make a living or to grow their food. This area is already strained by drought and food insecurity, the problem is only getting worse as the people put pressure on the limited food supply. When the LWI Burkina Faso team arrived community member were utilizing other methods to gather water located one kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were left suffering from dysentery, malaria, diarrhea and other preventable water related illnesses. The LWI Burkina Faso team was pleased to hear that the community was utilizing covered latrine pits which will help to prevent further spread of diseases in the area. During the teams’ a water committee consisting of six men and three women assisted the team with the water project. Before leaving the community the LWI Burkina Faso team provided community Aca Lola, with a LWI contact number in case the well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.
The LWI Burkina Faso team had the opportunity to meet with thirty-two year old, Malian refugee, Ibrahim Somba, who stated, "When the pump was broken down we suffered a lot. There are many people here now and water is not sufficient. Some water bladder tanks have been brought in but people do not like the taste of the water, so they come to this well because it is fresh, cool water. We thank the Water Project ... for all that they have done in repairing this well and changing the pump. It is all good and the water is clean. Thank you!"
During the hygiene education, the LWI Burkina Faso team addresses: Hand washing, how to properly transport and store water, disease transmission and prevention, how to maintain proper care of the pump, as well as signs and symptoms of dehydration and how to make Oral Rehydration Solution. All of these lessons are taught in a participatory method to help community members discover ways to improve their hygiene and sanitation choices, and implement community driven solutions.
08/01/2012: Taureg Refugee Camp Project Complete
We are excited to report that the well at Taureg Refugee Camp in Burkina Faso has been restored and is delivering safe, clean water. We have just posted a report from the field including GPS coordinates and pictures
According to the latest UNDP report, Burkina Faso is ranked 161st out of 169 countries with comparable date in the United Nations Human Development Index. Poverty is pervasive throughout the country, and recent challenges such as outbreaks of meningitis, yellow fever, and cholera, as well as civil conflict in neighboring Côte d'Ivoire, have only added to the extreme vulnerability of the Burkinabe people.
Only about 72% of Burkina's primary school-age children are enrolled in primary school due to the costs of school supplies, insufficient infrastructure and teachers, and opportunity costs of sending a child to school when he or she could earn money for the family. The landlocked nation has few natural resources and a weak industrial base. About 90% of the population is engaged in subsistence agriculture, and therefore vulnerable to periodic drought.
The country has an abundance of valuable water sources, but most pumps are either in some state of disrepair or altogether non-functioning. As a result of the lack of access to clean water and basic sanitation throughout the country, there is a persistence of waterborne illnesses like diarrhea and cholera. The most cost-effective and efficient way for TWP and our partners to affect change for Burkina Faso's thirsty is to rehabilitate these water sources: replacing hand pumps, repairing broken parts, sealing open wells—doing whatever is necessary to restore clean water to the people who need it most.
Nearly 20 years ago, we set out to help the church in North America be the hands and feet of Jesus by serving the poorest of the poor. 600 million people in the world live on less than $2 a day. 884 million people lack access to safe drinking water.
For all practical purposes, these statistics refer to the same people; around the world, communities are trapped in debilitating poverty because they constantly suffer from water-related diseases and parasites, and/or because they spend long stretches of their time carrying water over long distances.
In response to this need, we implement participatory, community-based water solutions in developing countries. Since we started, we’ve completed water projects for 7,000 communities in 26 countries.
It all began in 1990, when a group from Houston, Texas traveled to Kenya and saw the desperate need for clean drinking water. They returned to Houston and founded a 501(c)3 non-profit. The fledgling organization equipped and trained a team of Kenyan drillers, and LWI Kenya began operations the next year under the direction of a national board.
That pattern continues today; we train, consult, and equip local people to implement solutions in their own countries.
Remembering the life-changing nature of that first trip in 1990, we also lead hundreds of volunteers on mission trips each year, working with local communities, under the leadership of nationals, to implement water projects. It’s hard to know which lives are changed more—those “serving” or those “being served.”
Our training programs in shallow well drilling, pump repair, and hygiene education have equipped thousands of volunteers and professionals in the basics of integrated water solutions since 1997.
Living Water International exists to demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately needed clean water.
Burkina Faso is one of our newest country programs. Our implementing partner is working primarily in and around Dano with the indigenous Dagara people. With the help of our donors around the world, the Burkina Faso program will provide clean, safe water to thousands of people for years to come.
A well is being repaired and restored for a community.
Project Type: Well Rehab
Location: Djibo, Taureg Refugee Camp, Soum, Burkina Faso