V3 II, Gueguere, Ioba, Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 11.05
Longitude -3.21

500 Served

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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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02/06/2013: V3 II, Gueguere Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the rehabilitation of a well in V3 II, Gueguere, 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 II, Gueguere, Ioba, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9029
Install Date:  02/06/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 11/18/2017
Well Depth:  80.00M

Visit History:
05/05/2015 — Functional
12/30/2016 — Functional
05/26/2017 — Functional
09/07/2017 — Functional
11/18/2017 — Functional


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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.