Dano, Ioba, Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 11.07
Longitude -3.09

500 Served

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Stories and Community Profile

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

The LWI Burkina team shares, “Our last water well rehab of 2012 was also the 100th water well project that we have completed in Burkina Faso since the start of our program in 2010. So, we had to celebrate a little and take some extra photos as we looked back on all that God had accomplished through this partnership with a church planting movement and Living Water International and The Water Project.” The people in the community of Dano, depend on subsistence farming and small animal husbandry for their livelihood. When the LWI Burkina Faso team arrived, community members were utilizing a protected hand dug well located two kilometers away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this and the community’s practice of open defecation left families suffering from dysentery, typhoid, malaria and other preventable water related illnesses. During the teams’ stay a water committee consisting six men and two women who assisted the team, prepared food and provided any available materials. The water committee is also responsible for collecting a yearly well maintenance fee of $2 per household to help sustain the community’s water source. In keeping with our Strategic Plan launched in January of 2011, LWI’s plan is to train communities to maintain water projects for sustainability. If communities slip back into a situation where they must rely on unimproved water sources, our donors’ investment is compromised. To help prevent this occurrence, Living Water International engages communities to help in planning, managing and monitoring of the rural water supply. The nearest school is located half of a kilometer away from the community and now students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to safe, clean drinking water. Before leaving the community the LWI Burkina Faso team provided community member Babounon Some with a LWI contact number in case the well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft. In an effort to ensure project sustainability, LWI program staff is also responsible for visiting the well site annually.

The LWI Burkina Faso team had the opportunity to meet with thirty-five year old, Farmer, Evariste Some, “The salute the people who have come to repair our well today. We didn’t have the means to be able to repair it. We thank you very much for the clean water you have given us. The pump is very good for us now, and for all the people of Sarba, and for all the school students. I think that now everyone will use the pump, because before it was good only to wash clothes with. I want to thank you and especially God, because it was Him who made this possible. We thank God because before we didn’t know how we could repair it, but here it repaired now and we have clean water to drink!”

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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02/21/2013: Dano Project Complete

We are excited to report that the community of Dano in Burkina Faso has a new source of safe clean water!  We just posted a report from our partner in the field with information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures, all showing the impact this new source of safe, clean water will have.

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Dano, Sarba Ecole, Ioba, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9031
Install Date:  02/28/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 11/30/2017
Well Depth:  143.00M

Visit History:
04/29/2015 — Functional
12/15/2016 — Functional
09/07/2017 — Functional
11/30/2017 — 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.