Orunkua Dionvour Community

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 Rehabilitation Project
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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 11.23
Longitude -3.23

500 Served

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When the team arrived, 1,200 residents form the community and surrounding areas were using surface water to sustain their growing water needs. Because of this and the community’s practice of open defecation, families were suffering from dysentery, malaria, typhoid, diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water and hygiene-related illnesses.

We installed new rods, riser main, drop pipe, cylinder, and chain. These new parts are all made of stainless steel.

The well is a total of 55 meters deep with a static water level of 8 meters.

Not only did the team restore clean water to Dionvour, 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 consisting of 4 men and 1 woman who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible and who provided meals for the team. The water committee is also responsible for collecting an annual well maintenance fee of $0.50 USD per person. This will provide the community security in knowing they have means available to pay for small repairs in the future.

Village Councilor Abdoulaye Ouerdraogo told us, “I am very happy. I want to thank you for this good water to drink and a sustainable well. With the new materials you have installed today, they will last a long time. This is a great joy for us today. Thank you!”

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Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Burkina Faso, Ioba, Orunkua, Dionvour
ProjectID: 9086
Install Date:  06/11/2013

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Last Visit: 11/30/2017

Visit History:
03/06/2017 — Functional
06/08/2017 — Functional
09/11/2017 — Functional
11/30/2017 — 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.