Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Burkina Faso

Impact: 350 Served

Project Phase: 
Under Community Care
Initial Installation: Nov 2013

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Community Profile

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 head, pump handle, and pump base, rods, water tank, riser main and drop pipe, cylinder and chain. The only difficulty with this project was the mobilization of the local people due to the harvest taking place.

The borehole is 50 meters deep with a static water level of 15 meters.

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

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Project Type

Borehole and Hand Pump

Girls and women walk long distances for water when safe water is very often right under their feet! Underground rivers, called aquifers, often contain a constant supply of safe water – but you have to get to it. No matter what machine or piece of equipment is used, all drilling is aiming for a borehole that reaches into an aquifer. If the aquifer has water - and after the well is developed - we are able to pull water to the surface utilizing a hand-pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around 5 gallons of water a minute through a hand-pump.


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