Mougue School

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 10.98
Longitude -3.48

500 Served

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Stories and Community Profile

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

When the team arrived, 450 families including a Primary School with 395 students including; 208 boys and 187 girls, several churches and Community Center, were dependent on an unprotected dug well located 3 kilometers outside the community, an unprotected spring and various forms of surface water located a kilometer outside the community, tube wells or boreholes located 4 kilometers outside the community and protected hand dug wells located 5 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 water related illnesses. Most residents are of Catholic or Muslim faith and though there is no church located in this community or in surrounding areas, the Living Water Burkina Faso team choose this location specifically because of families who had yet to hear the Good News, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. During the implementation of the well rehabilitation, the team used access to safe drinking water as an entry-point to sharing the Gospel with the unreached. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a Water Committee who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible and who is responsible for maintaining the well after the team leaves the area. There is another NGO, PABSO, working this area to help cultivate rice production in lower water runoff areas.

There were 386 people: 88 men, 193 women and 105 children who attended the Hygiene Promotion. A Living Water Burkina Faso team member shared, “This was a new area for our team and the community response was amazing.” During the hygiene education and 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 Nicaragua team had an opportunity to meet with 69-year-old community member and farmer Simon Bafiogo, who stated, “I wish you all welcome, for the second time in our village. Our pump was lying broke-down for three years! The people of the village utilized water from shallow hand dug wells, which were not totally good. These wells give us many sicknesses because it is not clean water. Thank God very much! Thank you!”

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02/06/2014: Mougue School Project Complete

We are excited to report that the Mougue School, in Burkina Faso, has a new source of safe, clean water.  We just posted a report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : burkinafaso9043-11

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Mougue, Sud-Ouest, Bougouriba, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9043
Install Date:  02/06/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 12/13/2017
Well Depth:  98.00M

Visit History:
05/12/2015 — Functional
12/30/2016 — Functional
11/07/2017 — Functional
12/13/2017 — 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.