Vouregane Gueguere Community

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 11.13
Longitude -3.18

350 Served

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Traditional sources of water dry up very quickly during the dry season, making these well repairs extremely important to the surrounding community. There was a huge turnout present from the community and the church to witness this restoration, including the village chief himself.

When the team arrived, families were suffering from cholera, dysentery, diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water related illnesses. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee consisting of two men and one woman to assist the team with the water project whenever possible; they provided any needed construction materials and developed a plan for collecting an annual well maintenance fee. The annual well maintenance fee is 500F per family ($1 USD). Enabling communities to financially support and maintain their water source creates a sense of ownership and increases the likelihood of a self-sustaining water source.

The pump had broken down several times since its installation in 2011. Upon further inspection, the mechanic discovered that it had initially been installed with poor quality PVC pipe. We had to replace 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.

42-year-old farmer and village councilor Aubin Sonme said, “When the pump broke down, we were saved each time because you were faithful to come and repair it. Today, you have installed the new materials so that it will not break down again for a long time. This has given us much joy. I think that me in my heart, with all the people of the village, will be filled with joy. And, with this we will do many things in the village.”

Not only did the team restore clean water to Vouregane, 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 Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Burkina Faso, Guegure, Vouregane
ProjectID: 9075
Install Date:  05/21/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Attention
Last Visit: 11/18/2017

Visit History:
03/03/2017 — Functional
05/24/2017 — Functional
09/05/2017 — Functional
11/18/2017 — Needs Attention


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.