Batiele Community and College

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 11.10
Longitude -3.18

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, 67 families were dependent on an unprotected hand dug well, a spring and piped water on the premises, surface water and a few protected dug wells to meet all of their 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, self-help group and women’s health group to assist the team with the water project and to better sustain and help serve in the community after the team leaves the area. Most residents farm to earn a living and a few work at the local college. There are 1,090 students who attend college in this community and who now all have access to a safe water source. (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.) 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 twenty-eight year old community member, Joel Hien, who stated, “I am the librarian at the college of Gueguere and represent the college today. This is the pump of the College which was made in the village for all the students, 1090 students and all the others who use our pump in the village. The director of the college truly thanks Living Water International and its’ partners, The Water Project. When the pump broke down in the past, the people of the village utilized water from the creek which was not clean and gave them many illnesses. Even in our setting, there was a lot of suffering by all the students. I thank God because it’s because of Him that we have benefited.  I also want to thank the local church here today and welcome them. The people of village are very, very, happy to have clean water!”


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Recent Project Updates

02/05/2014: New Pictures from Batiele

Just a quick note to let you know we added some new pictures of the Batiele community project.  How excited are people when the receive safe, clean water?  It might just lead to dancing!  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : burkinafaso9039-15

12/02/2013: Batiele Community Project Complete

We are excited to report that the project to rehabilitate a well in Batiele, Burkina Faso is now 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 : burkinafaso9039_03

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Batiele, Sud-Ouest, Ioba, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9039
Install Date:  12/02/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Repair
Last Visit: 11/18/2017
Well Depth:  157.00M


We are actively working with this partner to resolve the issues in this community. The "last visit" date is not necessarily the date we were notified by the partner of any potential problems. Once informed of downtime, we work to respond quickly. We will update the project status when these issues are resolved.

Visit History:
04/15/2015 — Functional
05/24/2017 — Functional
09/05/2017 — Functional
11/18/2017 — Needs Repair


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.