Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Wells for Burkina Faso

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Under Community Care
Initial Installation: Feb 2013

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Community Profile

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

A LWI Burkina Faso team member stated, "It was very interesting that the people who came out to meet us at the well knew how to repair the pump already. This is usually not the case at all. Our team working together with them, provided on site instruction and training on how to better manage and maintain this water point." 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 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 food. This water committee is also responsible for collecting an annual well maintenance fee of $0.50 per household. Most residents are of Muslim or Animist faith and earn a living by subsistence farming or gold mining. 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, Koumanouom 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 thirty-six year old community member and farmer, Landry Some, who stated, "When the pump broke down, we suffered greatly to find potable water. We tried to search for solutions to repair the pump but we didn't have the necessary money to make the repairs. But, today, thanks to God and you, the well is working again after two months of being broken down. We want to thank you very much for this rehabilitation. It is very good working together by putting our hands in unison for the problems of this village. We are very happy and our hearts are very open to be able to receive the clean water that we are starting to drink today. We thank you in the name of God."

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Well rehabilitation is one of the most cost effective ways to bring clean, safe water to a community.  Sometimes it involves fixing a broken hand pump, other times it means sealing a hand dug well to prevent it from being contaminated.  These repairs, and often time total replacements, coupled with sanitation and hygiene training make a huge impact in communities.


18 individual donors
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