Kombazien Village, Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 11.27
Longitude -3.16

500 Served

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

A LWI Burkina Faso team member commented, “When we arrived at the pump there were only a few people gathered, but after a little while many people came out. Even though the sun was very hot they came out in support.” The community had been forced to use a river 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, typhoid and malaria. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee consisting of six men and two women who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible, provided food for the team and provided materials for the team. This water committee is also responsible for collecting a monthly well maintenance fee of $0.20 per person. Most community members earn a living by subsistence farming and raising livestock. The nearest school is located one kilometer away from 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, Kayirsuobo 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 thirty-five year old community member and farmer, Louise Dabire, who stated, “First of all, I salute you on behalf of the village of Kombazien. In this village, when the pump fell into disrepair, we searched for water in the creek but we didn’t always find water. Often it was mixed with dirt and other things. But today, with your help for this rehabilitation we are very, very happy. We have seen that this is a great thing for us. Our hearts are filled with joy. We thank you very much. Our hands are empty but we thank you for this work. I think that the pump was broken down now for 2 years, but today we are very happy. We thank you in the name of Jesus Christ. Baraka, Baraka, Baraka! (“baraka” is the local Dagara language for thank you and is an expression of their deepest, most heartfelt thanks!)”

 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. After the hygiene education, community members built a fence around the well site to better protect their well.

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12/06/2012: Kombazien Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the village of Kombazien, Burkina Faso has a new source of safe, clean water.  We just posted a report from the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates and pictures of the project.

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Kombazien, Ioba, Oronkua, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9017
Install Date:  12/06/2012

Monitoring Data
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Last Visit: 11/28/2017
Well Depth:  237.00M

Visit History:
04/27/2015 — Functional
12/21/2016 — Functional
06/08/2017 — Functional
09/11/2017 — Functional
11/28/2017 — Functional


34 individual donors
Duck Creek Community Church
In Honor of Abbey Davies - Willamette College
Alaska Well Women
Ramseur Wesleyan Church
Chris and Katie Chatelaine-Samsen
Ronald E. Spoor

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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.