Kolkol Community, Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 11.04
Longitude -3.12

500 Served

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

A LWI Burkina Faso team member stated, “This was a blessed project all the way around. The people of Kolkol were so excited and thankful for helping them restore their pump and have clean water again. The place where they were collecting water was very dirty.” When the team arrived, community members were utilizing a water source causing them to suffer from dysentery, typhoid and malaria. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee consisting of six men and three women who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible. This water committee is also responsible for collecting an annual well maintenance fee of $1.00. Most community members earn a living by subsistence farming or raising livestock. The nearest school is located 1.5 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, Bakourosier Dabire, 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-three year old community member, housewife and farmer, Ortance Hien, who stated, “We live in this village where the problem of water is difficult, especially when the pump breaks down. We gather water from the creeks, we believe that this is good water. But, if we let it sit, after we see that there is dirt settled on the bottom. But, here it is, today God has come to our aid, thanks to the church association we are very happy! I think that after today we won’t have to go to the creek to gather dirty water again. This is the word that all my comrades are saying, to thank the association and to relay our gratitude to the sponsors in the United States. And, to the people in the church, that the Holy Spirit would descend on all of them and that Jesus help this water to be always clean for the people of the village to drink and follow the way of Jesus! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”

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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12/13/2012: Kolkol Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the village of Kolkol, 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:  Kolkol, Ioba, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9022
Install Date:  12/13/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 11/18/2017
Well Depth:  118.00M

Visit History:
04/29/2015 — Functional
12/15/2016 — Functional
05/26/2017 — Functional
09/07/2017 — Functional
11/18/2017 — 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.