Upon completion of the project, our partner in the field reports...
When the Living Water Burkina Faso team arrived, 650 community members were dependent on an unprotected well and various forms of surface water, boreholes in surrounding communities and protected hand dug wells to meet all of their water needs. (Editor's Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people. To learn more, click here.) Since 1995 this well has broken down four times (according to community members). The last attempt to repair resulted in losing piping materials in the well. After several months attempting to collect the materials from the well, the Living Water Burkina Faso team was successful. A Living Water Burkina Faso team member commented, “By God’s grace, we fished out three old pipes and cylinder. Everyone was so elated to see this removed and knew that fresh water was on its way once again.” Most residents farm to earn a living and a few are able to sell what excess produce they have at nearby markets. There is a local Eglise Baptist Church and Catholic Church in the community who will continue to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with community families after the team leaves the area. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a Community Based Organization, Women’s Health group and Water committee all who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible, provided any materials they had available and guarded the team’s equipment during the night. Before leaving the community, the team provided the Water Committee with a Living Water Burkina Faso contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.
Using the Living Water Traditional Method, the team addressed: Germs, Hand Washing-Proper Techniques and Water Saving Methods, Good-Bad Hygiene Behaviors, Proper Care of Pump and Keeping the Water Clean.
The Living Water Burkina Faso team had an opportunity to meet with forty-five year old community member and farmer, Betero Dabire, who stated, "My dear brothers and sisters, this is the truth that I tell you. Life in Tankiedougou is what? Is there water? There is not. Because while there is water, there is not enough water, it's very insufficient for all the people of the village. There was one of our pumps that was broke down and it was beyond repairing. We cried out in every direction, but nothing. But, here it is, today, we have received these partners who have sent their people to deliver us from our suffering. We applaud them strongly for their work. Today we have our life because of this water in the name of Jesus, because of his servants. I think that, in the name of the village chief and all the villagers, I thank you many times over for this help! Today we will have water to drink in the name of our Savior. Not only for me alone. I saw water flow for all of us to drink!"