Gueguere Tenoule Community

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 11.10
Longitude -3.18

500 Served

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The village was in a crisis of potable water. But now, today, we have by the grace of God some good friends, and good partners who have come and helped us out of this crisis. We are very happy, very proud to see clean water flow from the well again. Thank you very much and all those here present to God our strong prayers.

Celestin S - Farmer

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

When the team arrived, 625 community members including a Health Clinic, school and several local churches were dependent on an unprotected hand dug well located 6 kilometers outside the community, various forms of surface water all located a kilometer outside the community, tube wells located 5 kilometers outside the community and a protected hand dug well located 6 kilometers outside the community to meet all of 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.) Because of this and the community’s practice of open defecation, families were suffering from diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable and water related illnesses. After the well rehabilitation, all the local women came out the moment water started flowing again from this well, and with many empty water basins to fill. During the process of cleaning out the well with an electric submersible pump connected to a generator, the team discovered that water in the well was not abundant. Though this was discouraging to the team, water still comes and collects in the well, just not fast enough for an electric pump. Though an electric pump could not be utilized, the water supplied was sufficient for a manual hand pump installed. There are Community Health Workers in the community who are trained to provide basic medical and health care to better health outcomes for community families. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a Water Committee who assisted with the water project whenever possible and who is responsible for maintain the well after the team leaves the area. Most residents are of Protestant or Catholic faith and with continued support from the Krista Lawyir Church and local Catholic Church, the Gospel will continue to be shared with community families through the provision of safe drinking water. C.I.S.V is another NGO working in the area to locally manage water systems and develop creek areas for farming.

Using the Living Water Traditional Method, the following principle hygiene issues were 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 82 year old community member and subsistence farmer, Celestin Some, who stated, “I salute all of you first of all. All the brothers here presently with me, I am very happy and I think that everyone in the village has this joy too. Our pump broken down a while ago and we did not have the means to repair it. The village was in a crisis of potable water. But now, today, we have by the grace of God some good friends, and good partners who have come and helped us out of this crisis. We are very happy, very proud to see clean water flow from the well again. Thank you very much and all those here present to God our strong prayers.”

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01/29/2014: Clean Water For Gueguere Tenoule

We are excited to report that the community of Gueguere-Tenoule in Burkina Faso has a new source of safe, clean water.  A broken well has been repaired so that it is a dependable resource for the community.  This work is not easy as can be seen from this report:  The well is working, but not delivering as much as we might like.  Our partner will keep an eye on this to make sure the community’s need is met.  Still, clean water is available, and sanitation and hygiene training has taken place.  Change is coming to Gueguere-Tenoule.  Thank You for your help!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Gueguere – Tenoule, Sud-Ouest, Ioba, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9041
Install Date:  01/29/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 11/28/2017
Well Depth:  331.00M

Visit History:
04/15/2015 — Functional
12/15/2016 — Functional
09/07/2017 — Functional
11/28/2017 — 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.