V7 Centre, Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 11.27
Longitude -3.43

500 Served

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

Even in the hot sun of West Africa this time of year, the When the LWI Burkina Faso team arrived, community members were utilizing a protected hand dug well located one 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 five men and two women who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible, provided materials and food for the team. A LWI Burkina Faso team member commented, “People were not discouraged to repair the well site and participate in the rehab. Their participation was done with eagerness and was a job well done.” This water committee is also responsible for collecting an annual well maintenance fee of $2.00 per household. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member, Ganmiere 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 fifty-three year old community member and farmer, Dar Hien, who stated, “We are here, living in great difficulty, in regards to clean water. We asked God to come to our aid and thanks to God, He intervened for us today and we have clean water to drink! We want to thank you very much in the name of God, that with much strength you can continue to help the other villages. We will find peace for this clean water that we have received today to help us in our daily activities. We have nothing to give or to add, this is all that I can say to 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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12/13/2012: V7 Centre Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the V7 Centre project in Burkina Faso is complete.  The community has a new source of safe, clean water.  We just posted a report including GPS coordinates and pictures.

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  V7 Centre, Ioba. Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9016
Install Date:  12/13/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 11/28/2017
Well Depth:  196.00M

Visit History:
05/06/2015 — Functional
12/16/2016 — Functional
09/13/2017 — Functional
11/28/2017 — 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.