Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Burkina Faso

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Under Community Care
Initial Installation: May 2013

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Community Profile

There are 1,833 residents in this community and the surrounding communities who are dependent on a single protected hand-dug well to meet all of their water needs. Because of this huge shortage, families were suffering from malaria, typhoid, cholera, diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water-related illnesses. Most residents here practice subsistence farming to support their families.

During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee consisting of 2 men and 2 women who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible and provided any materials they had available. This water committee is also responsible for collecting an annual well maintenance fee of $6 USD per household. Before leaving the community, staff 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 Oronkua, 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.

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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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