Taureg Refugee Camp, Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 14.00
Longitude -1.67

500 Served

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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.

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08/01/2012: Taureg Refugee Camp Project Complete

We are excited to report that the well at Taureg Refugee Camp in Burkina Faso has been restored and is delivering safe, clean water.  We have just posted a report from the field including GPS coordinates and pictures

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Project Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Djibo, Taureg Refugee Camp, Soum, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9004
Install Date:  08/01/2012

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.