Bankandi Kougane Bagane Community

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 11.25
Longitude -3.06

350 Served

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When the team arrived, families had been forced to gather water from a nearby creek to sustain their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water-related illnesses. This confirmed the importance of this borehole repair.

During the well rehabilitation, the team made repairs to/replaced the: pump head, pump handle, pump rods, pump reservoir, riser main and drop pipe, cylinder and chain. Since the well’s installation in 2011, the PVC pipes had broken numerous times leading to a halt in clean water availability. This time, all the PVC parts were removed and replaced with superior quality stainless steel which will not break or rust.

The borehole is 51 meters deep with a static water level of eight meters.

Not only did the team restore clean water to Kougane Bagane, 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 main challenge to this project was accessing the well site due to the low creek crossing. After the rainy season, it was hard to reach the well site for our team, and even for the people of the village.

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 Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Burkina Faso, Ioba, Kougane Bagane
ProjectID: 9092
Install Date:  10/11/2013

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Last Visit: 12/01/2017

Visit History:
03/03/2017 — Functional
06/09/2017 — Functional
09/12/2017 — Functional
12/01/2017 — 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.