Dano Dano Sector III

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 Rehabilitation Project
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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 11.15
Longitude -3.06

500 Served

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When the team arrived, 15,000 people in the community and in surrounding areas had been gathering water from a nearby creek and various open hand-dug wells to sustain their growing water needs. Because of this, families from Dano Sector III Community, were suffering from diarrhea and severe dehydration among many preventable water-related illnesses. That certainly confirmed the importance of this borehole repair!

This well has broken down many times since being installed with PVC pipe materials in 2011. Also, the pump base bolts became detached due to high pump use and the age of the well. So, a new base bolt bracket had to be installed. We also poured a concrete drain canal and dug a drain pit to allow for water to drain off and keep the area free of water contamination. It took several extra days to complete this construction. It was also difficult to get people together in this busy urban area.

During the well rehabilitation, the team made repairs to/replaced the: pump head, pump handle, pump rods, pump reservoir, riser main and drop pipe, cylinder and chain. The borehole is 42 meters deep with a static water level of four meters.

Not only did the team restore clean water to Dano Sector III, 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.

We had the opportunity to meet with 36-year-old community member and small business owner Bagadis Dabire, who said “Like people say, without water there is no life. But if there is water, you can do many things. Presently, my grain-grinding business which is next to the well, we can do nothing without water! Having this well close by is a great help to our business. Today, the major is collecting money to maintain this well in the future. It’s difficult to find water here in Dano, and the lines are long. I want to thank you for this project!”

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Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Burkina Faso, Bougouriba, Nabere
ProjectID: 9095
Install Date:  11/06/2013

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Last Visit: 09/12/2017

Visit History:
09/12/2017 — Functional


Country Details

Burkina Faso

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.

Partner Profile

Nearly 20 years ago, LWI 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.

In response to this need, LWI implements participatory, community-based water solutions in developing countries.

LWI is a former partner of The Water Project.