Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Wells for Burkina Faso

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Under Community Care
Initial Installation: Dec 2012

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Community Profile

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

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. A LWI Burkina Faso team member stated, "There was a lot of anticipation for the arrival of the water team for the installation of the new pump. Everyone was out waiting for our arrival and stayed until the work was all finished. It was a very successful and enjoyable outing." 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 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 subsistence farm to earn a living, and a few teach at the nearby school. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member, Joseph 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 forty-two year old community member and farmer Appolinaire Dabire, who stated, "I, along with the villagers, would like to salute our good partners who have come to our aid in repairing our well. They have come and rehabilitated our pump and it has become a new pump and we must thank you very much. May God accompany very well your families to continue this work with hearts full of love. I salute the partners, in the name of everyone here. I want that together we applaud them and together we will be filled with joy and cheerfulness."

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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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.


6 individual donors
First Presbyterian Big City Kids