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The Water Project: Tenoule Community Rehab -
The Water Project: Tenoule Community Rehab -
The Water Project: Tenoule Community Rehab -
The Water Project: Tenoule Community Rehab -
The Water Project: Tenoule Community Rehab -
The Water Project: Tenoule Community Rehab -
The Water Project: Tenoule Community Rehab -
The Water Project: Tenoule Community Rehab -
The Water Project: Tenoule Community Rehab -
The Water Project: Tenoule Community Rehab -
The Water Project: Tenoule Community Rehab -
The Water Project: Tenoule Community Rehab -
The Water Project: Tenoule Community Rehab -

Project Status



Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Wells for Burkina Faso

Impact: 451 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - May 2012

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 10/18/2018

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Community Profile

Upon completion of the project, our implementing partner reported from the field…

This well next to the school in Tenoule is the oldest well in the village. It was drilled in 1985. Eight (8) years ago, in 2004, the broke down. Villagers tried to repair it once, but afterwards in broke down again the next month. So, they abandoned hopes of being able to repair and it has remained idle these last 8 years. Since this well was not in use during that time, we decided to pump the well clean of any debris and bad water with an electric submersible pump. Within an hour the rusty brown water cleared up and clean, clear water was restored to this vital water well.

During the construction of the water project, the following parts were used: Pump Head, Pump Handle, Pump Base, Pump Rod‐Sucker Rods, Pump Reservoir‐Water Tank, Rising Main‐Drop Pipe, Cylinder and Chain.

A LWI Burkina Fast team member commented, “It was so sad to see where the children were searching for water in a nearby creek area. They had to wait for water to come up out of the ground and then scoop it up…one dirty bucket after the other. It was heart wrenching to witness! From that scene we were quickly transported back to a classroom full of children ready to learn and listen, and thankful to have a water source so close to their school. This well rehab marks the 1st well rehab for our 2012 program, and the 1st well rehab sponsored through the Water Project.” Because of the community’s dependence on the contaminated water source and their practice of open defecation, families were suffering from dysentery, typhoid and malaria. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee consisting of five men and three women who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible. Most community members survive by farming and the nearest school a primary school with 121 students and is located .1 of a kilometer away from the community. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member, Albert Some, with a LWI Burkina Faso contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

The LWI Burkina Faso team had an opportunity to meet with 103 year old community member and farmer, Dar Some. Dar, perhaps the oldest living adult in the village of Tenoule, verifies his age by saying that he remembers the time in Burkina before there were even bicycles when everyone walked to where they were going. Dar said, “We didn’t know how we would ever rehabilitate this well. It was broken a long time and we suffered due to a lack of water. And God has come to aid us. The spirit of God has come to the counselor and has sent him to ask for your help. And that same spirit has helped you to find a solution for us. I prayed for someone to come a long time, and now you are here. There is not enough words to say, but we want to thank you very much. Now, if someone needs help in the morning, he can drink freely, the animals too. If we don’t have anything to eat, at least we will have water and can live a long time from that.”

During the hygiene education, the LWI Burking Faso team addresses: 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 Oral Rehydration Solution. All of these lessons are 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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Well rehabilitation is one of the most cost effective ways to bring clean, safe water to a community.  Sometimes it involves fixing a broken hand pump, other times it means sealing a hand dug well to prevent it from being contaminated.  These repairs, and often time total replacements, coupled with sanitation and hygiene training make a huge impact in communities.


"We didn't know how we would ever rehabilitate this well. It was broken a long time and we suffered due to a lack of water. And God has come to aid us."

Dar S. - Community Member