Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Wells for Burkina Faso

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Nov 2012

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Community Profile

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

A LWI Burkina Faso team member stated, "Seeing the way the village people came together to do their part in constructing the canal and digging the drain pit. Everyone had a job, everyone contributed something. From the women who carried the gravel to the men who placed the rocks and dug the pit. It was a team effort on the part of the community." When the team arrived, community members were utilizing a protected hand dug well located 1.5 kilometers away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this and the community’s practice of open defecation, families were suffering from dysentery and malaria. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee consisting of six men and two women who assisted the team with the water project and provided any materials they had available. This water committee is also responsible for collecting a monthly well maintenance fee of $0.10 per person. Most residents subsistence farm to support their families or teach at the nearby school. Before leaving the community the team provided community member, Bioyero 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 forty-three year old community member and farmer, Rene Dabire, who stated, "We want to thank you very much. Before we didn't know how we could find clean water to drink. We had the good fortune, by the grace of Jesus Christ, you all came and rehabilitated this well for us. We pray a lot that the church and the association will go very well in the future, for all the other needs to come. We thank you very much in the name of Jesus. 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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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.