Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Burkina Faso

Impact: 472 Served

Project Phase: 
Under Community Care
Initial Installation: Jun 2013

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Community Profile

When the team arrived, they found 472 community residents suffering from a lack of a safe water. Most residents practice subsistence farming to sustain their families. Though the land is parched and many here are starving, attempts to cultivate the area persist. The immediate need for safe water in the local school was also apparent. Children were suffering from dysentery, typhoid, malaria, diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water-related illnesses. Children were unable to attend school because of these sicknesses, and many others were forced to leave school throughout the day to collect water in this remote, arid area.

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, providing any materials they had available and guarding the team’s equipment during the night.

The well had broken down three times since its installation. 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 V8 School and the surrounding community, 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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