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The Water Project: Orpoune Village, Burkina Faso -
The Water Project: Orpoune Village, Burkina Faso -
The Water Project: Orpoune Village, Burkina Faso -
The Water Project: Orpoune Village, Burkina Faso -
The Water Project: Orpoune Village, Burkina Faso -
The Water Project: Orpoune Village, Burkina Faso -
The Water Project: Orpoune Village, Burkina Faso -
The Water Project: Orpoune Village, Burkina Faso -
The Water Project: Orpoune Village, Burkina Faso -

Project Status



Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Wells for Burkina Faso

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Dec 2012

Functionality Status:  Current Monitoring Data Delayed

Last Checkup: 05/08/2018

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Community Profile

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

A LWI Burkina Faso team member commented, “The engagement with the community and their participation took a long time to complete but in the end, everyone was very happy. In fact, the villagers were somewhat surprised that we actually came back and did what we said we would do (that after having other groups abandon them). Seeing all the women come out on the day of the installation and sing in the bright morning sun was indeed an unforgettable experience.” When the team arrived, community members were utilizing an unprotected 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 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 any materials they had available and provided meals for the team. This water committee is also responsible for collecting an annual well maintenance fee of $1.00 per person. Most community members earn a living by farming or by teaching at the nearby school. The school is located 1.5 kilometers 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, Hya Hien, 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-five year old community member and housewife, Eliane Hien, who stated, “Before when the pump broke down there was much suffering to get water to drink. It was necessary to walk many kilometers to find other water, but once there, many people were around the well. Now that the pump is repaired, I am very, very happy. I don’t know how to say thank you. All my heart is full of joy. I ask that everyone who is still in darkness to come to Jesus. Because it is in the name of Jesus that we have this water today. I thank you very, 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.

Project Updates


12/06/2012: Orpoune Project Complete!

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


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Project Type

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.



Sponsors


1 individual donors
Stepping Stone Trust
Mrs.Rice's Class Fundraising Page