Dalare Centre, Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 11.03
Longitude -3.04

500 Served

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

A LWI Burkina Faso team member stated, “The transformation that occurred at the well site was incredible to witness. On the day of the installation, the men all came together to pitch in while the women stood off and sang songs. Finally, everyone came close as the pump was attached and water started flowing.” When the team arrived, families were utilizing a protected hand dug well located half of a 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 suffering from dysentery, malaria, diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water related illnesses. During the team’s stay, residents assembled a water committee consisting of six men and two women who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible and provided any materials they had available. This water committee is also responsible for collecting a monthly well maintenance fee of $0.20 per person. Most families subsistence farm or teach at the nearby school to earn a living. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member, Deneniour Dabire, 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 twenty-five year old community member, housewife and farmer, Cristel Hien, who stated, “Before when the pump was broken down, we suffered a lot to get water to do our principle activities like cooking, bathing, preparing our traditional beverage “dolo”. And, the animals have suffered to have water because there is not a creek area nearby with water. Now with this rehabilitation, we are very very happy for this and we must thank God for it. I must say thanks to everyone who left their work in the fields and came to work at the well site. I want to say thanks to those who worked so hard with this rehab because water is close to help us with our activities. I want to thank you so much on behalf of everyone in the village of Dalare. Thank you very much!”

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11/13/2012: Dalare Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the well restoration in Dalare Centre, Burkina Faso, is complete!  The community now has a source of safe, clean water.  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:  Dalare Centre, Ioba, Dano, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9011
Install Date:  11/13/2012

Monitoring Data
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Last Visit: 11/18/2017
Well Depth:  154.00M

Visit History:
05/04/2015 — Functional
10/12/2016 — Functional
01/19/2017 — Functional
05/26/2017 — Functional
09/07/2017 — Functional
11/18/2017 — 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.