Upon completion of the project, our partner in the field reports...
A LWI Burkina Faso team member stated, "To see the eagerness on the part of the people to hear the Word of God being preached, by Jean Noel who helped plant the church a few years back, was indeed memorable." When the team arrived, community members were utilizing a protected hand dug well located .3 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 and provided security over the project during the night. This water committee is also responsible for collecting an annual well maintenance fee of $0.50 per family. Most community members earn a living by farming or gold mining and some work at the nearby school. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member, Kounipol 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 year old community member and farmer, Jean Some, who stated, "I thank God a lot this morning because we all were thirsty in this village for a long time. But now, because of God and his grace and bounty, we have received water this morning through this rehabilitation. Because of this I must thank God with all of my heart. I thank everyone also because of our Lord Jesus Christ. I would like to thank the repair technicians who utilized their strength to do this rehabilitation. That God would give them abundant strength and lots of experience to do this work to glorify the name of God with through the name of Jesus Christ."
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.