Upon completion of the project, our partner in the field reports...
When the Living Water Burkina Faso team arrived, 600 community members, Community Center and a local school were dependent on an unprotected hand dug well located 5 kilometers outside the community, various forms of surface water located a kilometer outside the community and tube wells and a protected hand dug well all located 3 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 Protestant or Catholic faith and were all provided safe drinking water in Jesus’ name. The local Krista Lawyir Church and Catholic Church will continue to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the unreached through the provision of safe drinking water. There are several other NGOs working in the area including: PNGT II, BABSO, PAPSA and PEA who are all working to increase Dagara literacy and help with hand dug wells and compost pits. 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.
Using the Living Water Burkina Faso 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.
Achillle Hien, 33 year old community member and teacher shared with the team, "I have been in this village for the last four years, and I know that there is no other point where people can gather clean water in this village. All the people must get water from the creek, and the water there is very dirty. Me, because I can afford some bleach, put a little in the water in order to drink it, but the population must drink it like it is. Thus, they find many sickness. Just to find other clean water in the area the women have to walk 5 kilometers from here. Thanks to the aid of the mayor we received a new well, but it broke down after just one month. We have repaired it more than three times and it remained broken down until the day you arrived in our village. I want to thank you again, all the village and each person is very happy!"