Gueguere II Vouregane Community



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 Rehabilitation Project
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Country:
Burkina Faso

Program:
Wells for Burkina Faso

GPS:
Latitude 11.14
Longitude -3.18

Impact:
500 Served

Project Status:
Installed


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Stories and Community Profile

When the team arrived, they found 1,000 community members all depending on an open well to sustain their water needs. Because of this and the community’s practice of open defecation, families were suffering from cholera, dysentery, diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water and hygiene-related illnesses.

This was the third time the community’s well had fallen into disrepair since the initial installation in 2011. The team made the necessary repairs, this time replacing all PVC piping with stainless steel pipes. This was all connected to the India Mark II pump.

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

Before leaving the community, residents established a water committee consisting of 3 men and 2 women who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible and supplied any materials they had available. This water committee is also responsible for collecting an annual maintenance fee of 250F per person ($0.50USD).

After the completion of the water project, a team member reflected, “The beauty of the surrounding hills and the setting of the African sun was a truly moving moment as fresh water began to flow from the pump. Everyone hurried to fill their basins and barrels to haul back this clean water to their homes. The pictures truly speak for themselves of the immensity of the need for all of these people to have a working pump.”


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Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Burkina Faso, Vourigane, Ioba, Gueguere
ProjectID: 9084
Install Date:  06/13/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Functional
Last Visit: 11/18/2017

Visit History:
03/03/2017 — Functional
05/24/2017 — Functional
09/05/2017 — Functional
11/18/2017 — Functional




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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.