Fulani Village, Burkina Faso



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Country:
Burkina Faso

Program:
Wells for Burkina Faso

GPS:
Latitude 14.03
Longitude -1.69

Impact:
500 Served

Project Status:
Installed


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Stories and Community Profile

Upon completion of the project, our partner in the field reports…

The people of Fulani village depend on growing grain and tending to animals for their livelihood. In the dry and remote place where desertification occurs, as winds drive sand from the Sahel desert southwards towards Burkina Faso makes these conditions very hard on their livelihood. When the LWI Burkina Faso team arrived community member were utilizing a protected hand dug well to gather water located one kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this and the community’s practice of open defecation, families were left suffering from dysentery, malaria, diarrhea and other preventable water related illnesses. During the teams’ a water committee consisting of five men and two women assisted the team with the water project. The water committee is also responsible for collecting a monthly well maintenance fee of $2.50 (US) per household to help sustain the community’s water source. In keeping with our Strategic Plan launched in January of 2011, LWI’s plan is to train communities to maintain water projects for sustainability. If communities slip back into a situation where they must rely on unimproved water sources, our donors’ investment is compromised. To help prevent this occurrence, Living Water International engages communities to help in planning, managing and monitoring of the rural water supply. The nearest school is located one kilometer away from the community and now students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to safe, clean drinking water. Before leaving the community the LWI Burkina Faso team provided community Djibrilo Sisi, with a LWI contact number in case the well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft. In an effort to ensure project sustainability, LWI program staff is also responsible for visiting the well site annually.

The LWI Burkina Faso team had the opportunity to meet with forty-three year old, Animal Husbandry, Harnadou Sisi who stated, “We are very happy that you came to fix our broken down well. Before we had great difficulty, but now there is no problem to get water. We had many problems before but now our problems are over. Thank you very much to all the partners who made this project possible.”

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: Fulani Village Project Complete

We are excited to report that Fulani Village in Burkina Faso has a newly refurbished well 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:  Fulani Village - Sanou Bani, Soum, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9005
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.