Upon completion of the project, our partner in the field reports...
The people of the Taureg Refugee Camp depend on relief aid as the refugees have nothing to make a living or to grow their food. This area is already strained by drought and food insecurity, the problem is only getting worse as the people put pressure on the limited food supply. When the LWI Burkina Faso team arrived community member were utilizing other methods to gather water located one kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were left suffering from dysentery, malaria, diarrhea and other preventable water related illnesses. The LWI Burkina Faso team was pleased to hear that the community was utilizing covered latrine pits which will help to prevent further spread of diseases in the area. During the teams’ a water committee consisting of six men and three women assisted the team with the water project. Before leaving the community the LWI Burkina Faso team provided community Aca Lola, with a LWI contact number in case the well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.
The LWI Burkina Faso team had the opportunity to meet with thirty-two year old, Malian refugee, Ibrahim Somba, who stated, "When the pump was broken down we suffered a lot. There are many people here now and water is not sufficient. Some water bladder tanks have been brought in but people do not like the taste of the water, so they come to this well because it is fresh, cool water. We thank the Water Project ... for all that they have done in repairing this well and changing the pump. It is all good and the water is clean. Thank you!"
During the hygiene education, the LWI Burkina 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.