Fouzan Banere Community

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 11.21
Longitude -3.36

350 Served

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Water access in Banere is difficult because this is the only deep well for miles. When this pump goes down, all of the people in this region suffer.

Open defecation is practiced in the community and as a result, families are suffering from malaria, dysentery, diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water-related illnesses. There are 410 families who are dependent on this water source to meet their most immediate water needs including a nearby school located three kilometers outside the community. Most residents do subsistence farming and breed domestic animals for small profits, though most are forced to rely on the entirety of their produce to feed their families.

We replaced the pump head, handle, base, rods, riser main, drop pipe, cylinder and chain. The only issue with installation was the fitting of the pump base. The bolts required multiple adjustments, and there was gapping between the bar plate and concrete slab. We corrected this by adding another rubber gasket.

Not only did the team restore clean water to Banere, 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.

The community assembled a water committee consisting of two men and two women to assist the repair team with the project whenever possible. This water committee is responsible for maintaining the well to the best of their ability.

One church member stated: “This repair gives us courage in our choice to follow Jesus. It helps a lot with our reputation in the village and with the school teachers and school director.”

Kounibe Nomda said, “This is the only pump in Banere which can serve us with clean water to drink. The hand-dug wells which are here go dry during the dry season, and then we are obliged to go and drink water out of the creek with the animals which is not clean. May this new material that you have installed today give us clean water for all the people of Banere.”

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Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Burkina Faso, Banere, Tuy, Fouzan
ProjectID: 9076
Install Date:  05/22/2013

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Last Visit: 12/13/2017

Visit History:
03/20/2017 — Functional
09/13/2017 — Functional
12/13/2017 — 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.