Bountiouri Gnimi, Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 11.29
Longitude -2.94

500 Served

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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 .1 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 seven men and one woman 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 a monthly well maintenance fee of $0.40 per household. Most community members earn a living by farming or raising livestock. The nearest school is located three 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, Idrissa Barry, 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 sixty year old community member and village chief, Nouzala Some, who stated, “I have come to the middle of the people of this village. I am the village chief and I know that the problem of water in this village is very, very difficult. We knew there was water deep in the tube but how were we to realize the water on the surface. Now, thanks to God, we have found some good friends who have come to our aid with much collaboration. We have received water and our hearts are full of joy. May God protect you and cover you with blessings. Our hearts are filled with much joy because of the water that has come to us today in our village!”

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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12/12/2012: Bountiouri Gnimi Project Complete!

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

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Bountiouri Gnimi, Ioba, Dano, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9020
Install Date:  12/12/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 12/01/2017
Well Depth:  140.00M

Visit History:
05/19/2015 — Functional
12/23/2016 — Functional
09/12/2017 — Functional
12/01/2017 — 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.