Gueguere Batiele

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 11.10
Longitude -3.18

300 Served

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

When the Living Water Burkina Faso team arrived, 57 families were dependent on an unprotected hand dug well 5 kilometers away from the community, protected wells located 7 kilometers away from the community and various forms of surface water located in the community to sustain their growing water needs. Because of this and the community’s practice of open defecation, families were suffering from diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water related illnesses. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible and supplied any materials they had available. This water committee is also responsible for helping maintain the well and were provided a Living Water Burkina Faso contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft. Most residents farm small plots to provide food for their families. There is a local Krista Lawyir church who will continue to share the Gospel in the community and cultivate new believers after the team leaves the area.  There are several NGO’s working in the area: PABSO and an Italian and German NGO who are supporting rice production in low water areas.

There were 159 community members present for the hygiene education: 63 men, 65 women and 31 children. 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-nine year old community member, farmer and President of the community village development, Joel Dabire, who stated, “I want to thank you deeply for this project in our village, your second project in this place to help us with potable water. Every human being needs water. The trees, the seeds, the wild animals and the domestic ones all need water. Water is the source of everything living. I want to thank all those who have contributed to do this
rehabilitation, the partners in the USA, and those who work on the wells. May God give them a long life to continue to help others in need. May God give them force, Holy Spirit, and increase their knowledge that He will protect them always. Everyone in the village is full of joy!”

The church and Pastor Dabire will steward the well along with the locally designated water well committee of which some of them are members, in terms of hygiene, sanitation, and maintenance. Our team will continue to provide training and advice. An Italian NGO called C.I.S.V. is working with the mayor system to set up water user committees in each village ensuring community deposits and contracting repairs through mayor approved repair technicians. The Living Water Burkina Faso team captured a testimony from one local Christian and the witness they have become to their people: “Before I was a Christian, when I had a health problem with my family, I had to get up very early in the morning and go and consult a witchdoctor. And it cost me a lot of money with all the animals I had to buy to give him to do the rituals and sacrifices. Now that I have left that old path, when I have a problem of health in my family, I pray to God. I have learned that when I do need to go to the clinic I spend much less money than before when I went to the witchdoctor.”

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11/11/2013: Gueguere Batiele Project Complete

We are excited to report that the project to rehabilitate a well in Gueguere Batiele, Burkina Faso, is complete!  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:  Gueguere Batiele, Sud-Ouest, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9036
Install Date:  11/11/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 11/18/2017
Well Depth:  262.00M

Visit History:
05/22/2015 — Functional
12/15/2016 — Functional
12/15/2016 — Functional
05/24/2017 — Functional
09/05/2017 — 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.