Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Burkina Faso

Impact: 400 Served

Project Phase: 
Under Community Care
Initial Installation: May 2013

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Community Profile

To feed their families, residents of Namare practice subsistence farming or ‘survival farming,’ as it is commonly called by locals. During the dry season the land is arid, preventing crop development and thus keeping farmers from earning a monetary profit.

When the team arrived, 400 community members were dependent on an open well to sustain their most immediate water needs. Because of this and the community’s practice of open defecation, families were suffering from dysentery, malaria, diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water-related illnesses.

During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee consisting of 5 men and 5 women who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible, providing any materials they had available. They are responsible for collecting an annual well maintenance fee of 250F per person ($0.50 USD). Before leaving the community, the team provided the water committee with a contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair or become subject to vandalism or theft.

We repaired the pump head, pump handle, pump base, rods, riser main, the drop pipe, cylinder, and chain. These new parts are all made of stainless steel.

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

A Burkina Faso staff member commented, "This project was really awesome. It's the only deep water well in the entire region and it's obvious that not only are people desperate for water, but the animals too. Being able to restore this well to function strongly again was very rewarding."

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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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