Bonfesso Community

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 10.85
Longitude -3.59

150 Served

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

When the Living Water Burkina Faso team arrived, 150 community members were dependent on an unprotected hand dug well, unprotected spring and other forms of surface water, piped water on premises and tube wells so sustain their growing water needs. Because of the community’s dependence on contaminated water sources and their 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, self-help group and women’s health group who assisted the team and will continue to help serve in the community after the team leaves the area. There two other NGP’s working in the area: PABSO (German Project) and ANTABA, whose focus in on literacy. Most residents are of Muslim faith, as this is the first time many in this area have heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 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 the chance to speak with Mahamadi Sawadogo, who stated, “As a representative of the Mayor today in the village of Bonfesso, I don’t have anything to say but to thank Living Water International and their partner, The Water Project, in collaboration with the Association of Dagara Churches (Krista Lawyir), because it is not their first activity in this region. We have seen their work in the village of Nabere where they have rehabilitated wells and drilled a new well. We have also seen their work in the villages of Djarkadougou and Sorendigui in rehabilitating their wells, and today we are in the village of Bonfesso where we have rehabilitated this well. In the name of the Mayor and the Municipal Council, we want to translate our acquaintance with Living Water International, we don’t know how to say thank you. Truly today we are rejoined and we will rejoin always so that someone who gives us water knows that they are giving us life. May God accompany you and your activities and give you the force to keep helping others. Thank you very much!” 

A Living Water Burkina Faso team member stated, “There is openness to the Gospel and the planting of a church in this village. They have heard the testimony of other nearby churches in our movement. Communities like Nabere where we did our first water project 3 years ago, and just this last year drilled our first new well there.” Before leaving the community, the team shared the Jesus film, Scripture and oral bible stories with community families.

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Recent Project Updates

11/11/2013: Bonfesso Project Complete

We are excited to report that the project to rehabilitate a well in Bonfesso, 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:  Bonfesso, Sud-Ouest, Bougouriba, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9038
Install Date:  11/11/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 12/14/2017
Well Depth:  95.00M

Visit History:
05/11/2015 — Functional
12/20/2016 — Functional
11/07/2017 — Functional
12/14/2017 — 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.