Nahiridon, Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 11.14
Longitude -3.48

500 Served

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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.

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12/12/2012: Nahiridon Community Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the community of Nahiridon, 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:  Nahiridon, Bougouriba, Bondigui, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9021
Install Date:  02/05/2013

Monitoring Data
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Last Visit: 11/28/2017
Well Depth:  142.00M

Visit History:
05/06/2015 — Functional
12/16/2016 — Functional
09/13/2017 — Functional
11/28/2017 — 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.