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The Water Project: Yerfing Ecole, Burkina Faso -
The Water Project: Yerfing Ecole, Burkina Faso -
The Water Project: Yerfing Ecole, Burkina Faso -
The Water Project: Yerfing Ecole, Burkina Faso -
The Water Project: Yerfing Ecole, Burkina Faso -
The Water Project: Yerfing Ecole, Burkina Faso -
The Water Project: Yerfing Ecole, Burkina Faso -
The Water Project: Yerfing Ecole, Burkina Faso -
The Water Project: Yerfing Ecole, Burkina Faso -
The Water Project: Yerfing Ecole, Burkina Faso -
The Water Project: Yerfing Ecole, Burkina Faso -

Project Status



Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Wells for Burkina Faso

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Nov 2012

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 04/27/2018

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Community Profile

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.

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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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.