V3, Ioba, Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 11.05
Longitude -3.22

500 Served

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You have come today to our aid to rehabilitate this pump and now, here it is, water is flowing abundantly. This well was idle a long time because we didn't have the means necessary to repair it. But, thanks to God we have water.

Bahibar S - Village Chief and Farmer

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

A LWI Burkina Faso team member commented, “All the people of the village came out quickly when we arrived, and before no time at all the installation was finished and clean water was flowing. At the end, many men and women were requesting for someone to send a preacher to them to hear more of this Jesus.” When the team arrived, community members were utilizing a protected hand dug well located one 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 eight men who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible, provided materials and meals. Most community members subsistence farm or artisan gold mine to support their families. This water committee is also responsible for collecting a monthly well maintenance fee of $0.20 per family. The most predominant religions are Catholic, Protestant, Muslim and Animist. The nearest school is located five 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, Raoul 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 seventy-three year old community member, village chief and farmer, Bahibar Some, who stated, “You have come today to our aid to rehabilitate this pump and now, here it is, water is flowing abundantly. This well was idle a long time because we didn’t have the means necessary to repair it. But, thanks to God we have water. We want to thank you for this. But we would like to give you something because you have given us more than just water. We will reflect together how we can put something in our hands together to give you. We have nothing to give you like a gift for your partners in the USA. Because of this we will thank you with empty hands and pray that God will accompany you with good health and safety in your family. 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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02/11/2013: V3 Ioba Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the rehabilitation of a well in V3, Ioba, Burkina Faso has been completed.  The newly restored well is now a source of safe, clean water for the community.  We just posted a report from the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures of the project. 

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  V3, Ioba, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9025
Install Date:  02/11/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 11/18/2017
Well Depth:  103.00M

Visit History:
05/05/2015 — Functional
12/30/2016 — 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.