Moulourou Village, Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 11.10
Longitude -3.16

500 Served

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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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11/13/2012: Moulourou Project Complete!

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

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Project Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Moulourou, Ioba, Gueguere Community, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9010
Install Date:  11/13/2012

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.