Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Burkina Faso

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Under Community Care
Initial Installation: Jun 2013

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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 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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