Yerfing Ecole, Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 11.34
Longitude -3.35

500 Served

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

A LWI Burkina Faso team member commented, “It was an amazing scene as a man played the balaphone (a local instrument made of gourds) while the students danced and the women sang beautiful songs. The students were so happy to get out of class and be a part of this well rehab project. Kind of like having a school field day without having to leave the school!” When the team arrived, community members were utilizing a protected hand dug well to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from dysentery, typhoid and malaria among other preventable water related illnesses. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee consisting of five men and three women who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible, provided materials and food for the team. Most community members subsistence farm or gold mine to earn a living. There is a primary school with 192 students located in 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, Devir Kamboule, 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 thirty year old community member, village councilor and farmer, Paul Malo, who stated, “On behalf of the community of Yerfing, I want to thank our partners with a grand spirit. Their name is very strong to us. Thanks to them we have gained water this morning and we are so very happy. I want to thank the Church Association which is based in Dano. And, I want to thank all the people of Yerfing who came out in large numbers to help with this rehabilitation. We thank you very much with hands that are empty (an expression of deep appreciation). May God accompany you always!”

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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Recent Project Updates

11/20/2012: Yerfing Ecole, Burkina Faso

We are excited to report the 192 students at Yerfing Ecole, a school in Burkina Faso, and the members of the surrounding community, now have access to a newly restored 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:  Yerfing Ecole, Tuy, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9014
Install Date:  11/20/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 11/30/2017
Well Depth:  180.00M

Visit History:
05/13/2015 — Functional
12/21/2016 — Functional
09/28/2017 — Functional
11/30/2017 — 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.