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 .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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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.