Bondigui Primary School

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 10.90
Longitude -3.57

500 Served

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

When the Living Water Burkina Faso team arrived, 300 families including a local Primary School with 209 students;104 boys and 105 girls were dependent on an unprotected hand dug well located 4 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 protected hand dug wells located 2 kilometers outside the community 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. Most residents are or Catholic or Muslim faith and there is no church in the community. During the well rehabilitation, the team shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with community families, using access to safe drinking water as an entry-point to sharing the Good News with the unreached. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a Water Committee, Community Health Club and Self-help group who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible and supplied any materials they had available. This Water Committee is also responsible for maintaining the well after the team leaves the area.

During the hygiene education and using the Living Water Traditional Method, the team addressed with 202 children: 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 35 year old community member and teacher, Windimi Nougtara, who stated, “We have four classes in this school with over 200 students. Every day we have the problem of water in this place. You can see that all the school children are truly happy that they can drink water from this well again. With this rehabilitation we are sustained, it’s the words of thanks that are missing. We want to thank the project who has well lifted our children and all of us from our difficult situation with water. Thank you very much.”

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02/13/2014: Bondigui Primary School Project Complete

We are excited to report that Bondigui Primary School and the surrounding community have 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 : burkinafaso9046-09

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Bondigui, Sud-Ouest, Bougouriba, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9046
Install Date:  02/13/2014

Monitoring Data
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Last Visit: 12/13/2017
Well Depth:  144.00M

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