Panan, Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 11.37
Longitude -3.18

500 Served

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

A LWI Burkina Faso team member commented, “There was such an outpouring of people who came to the well. The women sang and danced a long time with such joy even in the hot searing sun of West Africa. One of the most interesting things about this village is that it is on the border regions of the Dagara and Pougouli people groups. They speak different languages but they live very similarly. This is one of the few places where we have a cross-cultural church as services are conducted in both Pougouli and Dagara. This is a shining example of how this Dagara church movement is expanding to neighboring people groups. The Pougouli dance is very interesting and entertaining to watch as well as one of the pictures indicates.” When the team arrived, families were using a river located .7 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, typhoid and malaria. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee consisting of four men and four women who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible and provided meals. This water committee is also responsible for collecting an annual well maintenance fee of $1.50 per person.

The LWI Burkina Faso team had an opportunity to meet with thirty-seven year old community member and farmer, Romain Some, who stated, “When the pump was broke down, we suffered to have water to drink and to meet our needs. We asked for help to the left and to the right for someone to partner with us. Yet here it is, today thanks to God, our pump is rehabilitated and water flows abundantly. We want to thank you very much for this rehabilitation. And, may Jesus Christ help you to help all the other villages who have suffered like us. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much!”

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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11/20/2012: Panan Project Complete!

We are excited to report that water is flowing once again from a broken well in Panan, Burkina Faso!  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:  Panan, Tuy, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9013
Install Date:  11/20/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 12/14/2017
Well Depth:  203.00M

Visit History:
05/15/2015 — Functional
12/21/2016 — Functional
09/28/2017 — Functional
12/14/2017 — 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.