V4 Katougue Ecole, Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 11.14
Longitude -3.35

500 Served

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

A LWI Burkina Faso team member stated, “The interest that the Director of the School took in the project was unparalleled. He was very interested in our work and helped with little things the whole time during the rehab. Normally, someone in a high position takes it upon themselves to be served, but this man obviously had a different heart and you could tell he had a love for children as well. It wasn’t just a job.” When the team arrived, community members were utilizing an unprotected hand dug well located one kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from dysentery, typhoid and malaria. The LWI Burkina Faso team was pleased to learn of the community’s use of a covered pit latrine as this will help prevent further spread of disease in the area. 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, provided materials, food and guarded the team’s equipment during the night. This water committee is also responsible for collecting an annual well maintenance fee of $2.00 per household. Most community members are of Muslim or Animist faith and earn a living by subsistence farming and artisan gold mining. The nearest school is a primary school with 90 students that is located .1 of a kilometer 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, Etienne Somda, 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 thirty-nine year old community member and school director, Philippe Wi, who stated, “I have the honor of coming and giving thanks for all the sincere work that your church association is doing. Today we have received a pump from the strength of your association. This action will provide for the means (expression like giving a daily egg to stave off hunger) of our school and our students in particular. During the last two years our students have had to travel long distances to gather water. And, the water they found was not of good quality. We salute you for releasing them from this suffering, like that of a thorn in your foot. We wish you a long life and good work in your association. That God would give you always the finances to continue this work of rehabilitating wells. Know that our school is being conducted with classes meeting under grass mats and we wish that in the years to come the conditions will be improved. That God responds in your hearts our good favor. That the All Powerful blesses you. Hallelujah. Amen.”

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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Recent Project Updates

02/06/2013: V4 Katougue Ecole Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the rehabilitation of a well in V4 Katougue Ecole, Burkina Faso is now complete.  The repaired 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:  V4 Katougue Ecole, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9026
Install Date:  02/06/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 12/13/2017
Well Depth:  218.00M

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