Gnibare Village, Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 11.19
Longitude -3.15

500 Served

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

It was quite memorable to be greeted by the church and village leaders with dancing and singing as we pulled into the village. Due to the growing crops we had to park the truck a good distance from the well, but that was no problem as all the men carried the pipes and tools to the well site which was located in the middle of a corn field. As the women danced and sang, we installed the new materials and realized clean fresh water to quench their thirst and meet their daily needs. This water committee is also responsible for collecting a monthly well maintenance fee of $0.40 per person. Most community member’s subsistence farm or teach at the nearby school to earn a living. The school is located one kilometer away from the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member, Addon 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 sixty-three year old community member and farmer, Ziniyel Some who stated, “We don’t know how to thank you. Because of you we have clean water to drink. Before our women had to gather water where the animals drank. It was dirty. Your work today has saved us because we have clean water. We are very happy.”

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. After the hygiene education, the community constructed a fence around the well site to better project their new, safe water source.

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11/13/2012: Gnibare Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the village of Gnibare, Burkina Faso, has a newly restored, fully functional well, supplying safe, clean water for the community.  We just posted a report from the field including GPS coordinates and pictures from the site.

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Gnibare, Ioba, Gueguere Community, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9008
Install Date:  11/13/2012

Monitoring Data
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Last Visit: 11/27/2017
Well Depth:  186.00M

Visit History:
05/05/2015 — Functional
12/20/2016 — Functional
06/01/2017 — Functional
09/11/2017 — Functional
11/27/2017 — Functional


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.