Tangbori Primary School

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 11.36
Longitude -3.41

500 Served

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Stories and Community Profile

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

When the Living Water Burkina Faso team arrived, 900 community members were dependent on an unprotected hand dug well located 5 kilometers outside the community, an unprotected spring located 1 kilometer outside the community among other forms of surface water to help sustain 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.) Tangbori is a very remote village and difficult to reach because of the poor roads. The old pipe materials had been dropped in the well by a local repairer and thus the well had been abandoned. Thankfully, the Living Water Burkina Faso team was able to fish out the old materials first and then install the new materials without any problems. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a Water Committee, Self-help Group and a Women’s Health Group who assisted the team and provided necessary assistance to others in the community. Most residents are of Catholic, Protestant or Muslim faith and the local Catholic church has committed to continuing to cultivate community members after the team leaves the area. 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 thirty-five year old community member and teacher, Gabriel Some, who stated, “Truly, we want to say thank you. We have had many problems with this well, but today it is rehabilitated. I think that it will support very well the activities of the school. There is someone who said, “without water there is no life.” We have received this clean water and it has helped greatly, on the side of the teachers who had to pay for water, the students also who are supported by drinking water and the preparation of school lunches. In the past, there were moments where we had reduced our intake of water, because the water we were consuming was causing many illnesses. But, with this project we are saved! We want to say thank you, and please continue to do this, because without water there is no life! Thank you on behalf of all the students!”



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10/22/2013: Tangbori Primary School Project Complete

We are excited to report that Tangbori Primary School in Burkina Faso has a new source of safe, clean water.  We just posted a report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures of the project.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Tangbori Primary School, Bognandougou, Hauts-Bassins, Tuy, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9033
Install Date:  10/22/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 11/30/2017
Well Depth:  121.00M

Visit History:
05/13/2015 — Functional
12/21/2016 — Functional
09/28/2017 — Needs Repair
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.