There are two schools who benefit from this water source: a Primary School with 227 students and a Secondary School with 180 students. For this project, it was a bit difficult to get everyone together since it is harvest season. Also, the language here is different than Dagara (Pougouli), which made training a little more difficult to translate. Without this source up and functional, locals must rely on an open well to meet all of their water needs. Because of this and open defecation in the area, community members and schoolchildren suffer from hygiene and water-related diseases.
During the well rehabilitation, the team made repairs to/replaced the: pump dead, pump handle, and pump base, rods, the water tank, riser main and drop pipe, cylinder and chain.
The well is 22 meters deep with a static water level of five meters.
Not only did the team restore clean water to Bouni, but they also brought important information on hygiene and sanitation. They taught about 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 an Oral Rehydration Solution. All of these lessons were taught in a participatory method to help community members discover ways to improve their hygiene and sanitation choices and implement community-driven solutions.
During the team’s stay, community members assembled a Water Committee who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible and who are responsible for maintaining the well after the team leaves the area.