Sorendigui Community

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 10.90
Longitude -3.47

125 Served

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On behalf of the village, I would like to truly thank Living Water International and their partners, The Water Project, for coming to our aid in this project. I know the women, men, and children are very, very happy. Look at their faces here, they are very satisfied.

Germain S - Teacher

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

When the Living Water Burkina Faso team arrived, 125 community members were dependent on an unprotected hand dug well located 2 kilometers outside the community, an unprotected spring located one kilometer away from the community, piped water on the premises and protected wells that were located 4 kilometers away from the community to meet all of their water needs. There were several unique difficulties with this project such as: a different local language group (Burkina Faso has more than 50 dialects), the remote distance of the village, and the rains that impeded village meetings and work on the well. Through diligent and persistent work, the project was a success and 125 residents of Sorendigu community now have access to a safe water source. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee and self-help group who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible. PABSO (German NGO Project) is working in the area to help cultivate rice field and irrigation. Before leaving the community, the Living Water Burkina Faso 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-two year old community member and teacher, Germain Sou, who stated, “On behalf of the village, I would like to truly thank Living Water International and their partners, The Water Project, for coming to our aid in this project. I know the women, men, and children are very, very happy. Look at their faces here, they are very satisfied. There was a time in our village when all the pumps were broken and everyone had to use dirty water from the creek which brought many sicknesses. But today, truly, I sense that there is great joy. So on behalf of the people and the community thank you! We are ready for all the things that accompany this project. We will continue to work in the hygiene and sanitation training you gave us, and the maintenance of the pump. Thanks again!”




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Recent Project Updates

11/11/2013: Sorendigui Project Complete

We are excited to report that the project to rehabilitate a well in Sorendigui, 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!

The Water Project : burkinafaso9037_11

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Sorendigui, Sud-Ouest, Bougouriba, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9037
Install Date:  11/11/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 12/13/2017
Well Depth:  164.00M

Visit History:
04/14/2015 — Functional
12/20/2016 — Functional
11/07/2017 — Functional
12/13/2017 — Functional


Project Sponsor - The Weaver family/JM Smith Foundation

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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.